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Saturday May 11 2013
Cavani, Player of the Year

Juve’s Arturo Vidal certainly deserves to be the Old Lady’s Player of the Year, but Dave Taylor believes there is only one genuine contender for the Serie A equivalent.

The finale to Juventus’ title defining season has been an Arthurian tale of a shining knight leading his teammates on a quest for victory. Over the last few months King Arturo Vidal sat at a round table and led the Bianconeri to the Holy Grail of the Scudetto. 'Capitan Unico’,aptly named for his unique knack of winning the ball by hooking it from behind while practising a slide tackle, has consequently and deservedly won the club’s Player of the Year award for those services.

The Chilean midfielder has strikingly mature footballing intelligence as regards the recognition of the dynamics of every game he is involved in. He darts in and out of channels with instant acceleration like an Arabian stallion, leaving lumbering defenders stranded as if they were so many Saxons with feet of clay. As befitting the very best midfielders he also sustains a remarkable drive and is, for most of the game, never far from the most significant action. If anyone at Juve deserves to win the award, it is him.

However, as regards the Serie A Footballer of the Year there can be no doubts that this accolade should go to Napoli’s own Prince Valiant, Edinson Cavani. With his long black hair flowing behind him on another dynamic run, he could be the Camelot prince himself. Certainly his fabulous left foot is a metaphorical Flamberge,as he simply cuts through defenders as if they were straw dummies.

The Matador has contributed so much to Napoli’s season and, unlike Vidal, does not have one of Europe’s best midfields to help him out. Yes he has Marek Hamsik and on his day Christian Maggio and the indefatigable Blerim Dzemaili, but in general Juve has the better squad.

Notwithstanding this, the Uruguayan striker’s goals have been integral to Napoli’s success, bringing in as many as 20 points. Goals win games, it’s football’s simplest law and with 27 so far Cavani has netted almost 40 per cent of Napoli’s total tally. It’s a brilliant return from 32 games and included his 100th goal for Napoli scored during the 3-1 win over Inter, when Cavani also scored his fourth hat-trick of the season at the San Paolo.

With Napoli finishing second and an automatic Champions League berth, Cavani’s final achievable target is to lift the prestigious Scarpa d’Oro award. The last time a Napoli player won the Capocannoniere title was when Diego Maradonalifted it in 1987-88 with 15 in 28 games. Back in Napoli’s golden years part one, the Serie A footballer of the year award was not an official recognition, but Diego did win the Best Footballer in the World award for the second successive season that year. At the very least Cavani deserves a mere Footballer of the Year award in Italy. 

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Have your say...
I actually think he went missing at the crucial time of the season for Napoli.
on the 11th May, 2013 at 5:43pm
you missed out inler when you were discussing the napoli team. he's a top midfielder!!!
on the 11th May, 2013 at 5:23pm
thank u football italia & Dave for giving credit, where credit is due
hope we see more of Cavani's spoils in Napoli in forthcoming years
as you suggested Dave, its just the beginning of Golden Days of Napoli - Part 2
on the 11th May, 2013 at 4:23pm
Yet Cavani had 8 games in a row, where he didn't score. For that Napoli was eliminated from the Europe League and probably lost their chance to fight for Scudetto. Yes, he scored a lot of goals and he was key player for the Napoli, but when the team needed his stability the most, he failed. This season Cavani was unstable and don't deserve Player Of The Year award.
on the 11th May, 2013 at 3:35pm
Napoli's midfield is actually pretty strong - the reason why Cavani is top scorer is because of the whole team. If you look at their midfield on paper - Maggio, Zuniga/Armero, Inler, Dzemaili and Hamsik - they may not all be world class but their interplay with each other is very strong and is the reason why they are one of the most feared sides in Italy. You cannot say Cavani single handedly helped Napoli gain automatic qualification as the chemistry of the team played a part. Hamsik is beast
on the 11th May, 2013 at 3:04pm

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