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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...
It should have been someone from juventus like sebastian giovinco,arturo vidal,mirko vucinic or a goalie like buffon.
It is all about the old lady.
on the 23rd June, 2013 at 11:08pm
You lost me when you said his "left" foot.... if you have watched him play before, Cavani is right footed
on the 15th May, 2013 at 8:09am
one question, when was the last time cavani won napoli the league...as i thought
on the 14th May, 2013 at 12:42pm
Cavani deserves it. People are talking down Napoli's season that has brought only one defeat since the middle of December, but that's juts plain wrong. Cavani fought bone hard for the team even when he didn't score and time and again he's helping out in defence. He is a complete player and no striker (in leagues with actual defences) scores all season long in every game.
on the 13th May, 2013 at 7:30pm
Well said. From a Juve fan. Nevertheless Cavani had a massive dip in form, it wouldnt make sense to call him player of the year.
on the 13th May, 2013 at 1:06am
Cavani is one of the top strikers in the world. But if Napoli get 60m euro or more they could sign Damaio, Ferreyra, Nainggolain, Ogbonna and Astori with that money. Consigli and Brkic are on Bosman's too, I think. So is it best to keep him?
on the 13th May, 2013 at 12:28am
player of the year award? the best example i can through out there now is the intermilan team of 2010 the treble winning season, everyone knows that even the ballon d'or should have gone to snejider and im a juventus fan! milito and eto was an amazing strike force, but snejider stood out the most the entire year by playing his play maker role outstandingly for club n country, he actually won titles, and assist n scored goals the same vidal did for juventus this season
on the 12th May, 2013 at 5:32pm
To claim player of the year the player must be outstanding in team effort, build up play and really stood out from a champion team, which napoli are not, ibra when he was at milan with several champions deserved it is the right way to look at the point im getting at, totti the only other person i would give this award too! the stats say it all, but lets look at another excellent striker ..di natale, carries the team like cavani does, never exceeds in europe, so when does he get the player of
on the 12th May, 2013 at 5:29pm
That is completely ridiculous of course cavani is an impressive striker we all know still think the 60m price tag is too much, as it is for any striker that isnt ronaldo or messi, but vidal competed in champions league and showed the world how brilliant of a player he is, a true ball winner and scores the vital goals, juventus's top goal scorer, its true cavani went missing for napoli at its most crucial time and mazzarri's fault for being so relient on cavani and hamsik but
on the 12th May, 2013 at 5:27pm
Does anyone know exactly what guidelines are used to decide who the player of the year is? In my eyes Vidal deserves it more than Cavani, whose team is build to provide him with assists. I know I'm biased but i also feel that judging only on the amount of goals scored or assists or even the importance of the player to his team is not a valid reason to give Cavani the player of the year award. Especially since Di Natale is so much more important to Udinese. Im sure we all feel that our favorite deserve the title more. One thing I'm certain of, it won't be me who wins it, so who ever does win it, i won't object.
on the 12th May, 2013 at 5:15pm
Cavani by a country mile - no other striker in serie A is close!
on the 12th May, 2013 at 4:28pm
As people are saying Vidal was crucial for the scudetto and Champions League, Cavani was crucial for second place as he had a dip in form. Napoli also did poor in EU league..

Vidal clearly deserves it because he´s been playing on another level...
on the 12th May, 2013 at 3:59pm
Too close for comfort today I didn't like the mentality we possessed going into the match and through out and that's Mazzarri fault neither did I agree with the squad choice to start the game, again on Mazzarri . Last home game against relegated Siena we should have put them down with ease. El Kaddouri impressed though which is a good sign. Most importantly we came away with the victory had some unlucky breaks but found away to pull it off. These situation can't happen next year,always be hungry
on the 12th May, 2013 at 3:31pm
Cavanis argument is his 26 goals. Vidal have been really important for Juve but not as much as Totti for Roma and Cavani for Napoli. Also Hamsik is a strong contender but I still see either Totti or Cavani winning it. Why Totti, because he has not only scored 12 goals and done 12 assists, he has been behind 41 of Romas 66 goals(excluding the automatic 3-0 win against Cagliari) by different type of plays such as goals, assist, important plays and shots led to rebounds and empty net goals. 41/66!
on the 12th May, 2013 at 11:47am
@Dave
If Cavani leaves, I expect a player plus cash deal tbh but even if we get £63 mil, I feel our president will be reluctant to spend it on a good player in attack or defence. I feel like always he'd want to start planning for the future and but youngsters from South America. If we get someone like Dzeko or Remy I wouldn't be satisfied unless he recruits players elsewhere in defence. Our bench is also weak so I hope he can get a few good squad players too. As for Guidolin though, hed be great
on the 12th May, 2013 at 10:46am
Yep.

It's Vidal's year. No Cavani or others. Not even Viktoria.
on the 12th May, 2013 at 10:33am
ForzaNapoli, you would still have a strong team without Cavani. If you did get 60 mil for him, then I'm confident that they will use the money wisely, find a decent replacement & strengthen other areas of the squad, (esp the defence & keeper). The rumours about Guidolin are interesting, he would be a great fit for your club, should Mazzarri leave.
on the 12th May, 2013 at 10:13am
He has been very good, but like many have said on here, his mid-season drought, was crucial in surrendering the challenge to Juve. There are many candidates. Totti has been fantastic, as has Vidal,Hamsik, Montolivo, Valero. I'd give it to Vidal because he was key in Juve's title triumph and good showing in Europe.
on the 12th May, 2013 at 10:07am
I have to agree that Cavani has been the best player this season. Cavani has been the main man, the focal point and the chief goal scorer for Napoli. Juventus have many champion players in their squad to rely upon. Considering the depth in Juve's side and its financial backing, for a modest Napoli to finish 2nd and gain entry in the group stage of the Champions League is a great achievement. I hope Cavani stays with Napoli and avoids going to those big corporation teams. Forza Napoli!!!
on the 12th May, 2013 at 10:05am
hard one....yes he is the top scorer so there is an argument there. Vidal....no way! I would put both Hamsik and Totti before him because of the number of goals both have scored and the number of assists they have given. Hamsik especially over Vidal.
on the 12th May, 2013 at 9:16am
Have to agree with most of the comments, especially kingslayer aka Jamie Lannister.

Between Vidal & Cavani, Vidal was far more consistant throughout the season and scored vital goals against Chelsea in both matches of the Champions League.

Vidal deserves to be player of the season...
on the 12th May, 2013 at 8:57am
Cavani does deserve some kind of recognition but he hasn't been all that consistent throughout the whole season.But all he needs to get is the golden boot for the league's top scorer , NOTHING more.
King Arturo is just a brilliant all-round player , showed skills and leadership both in midfield, defense and attack!
The difference is simple - both did great this season (as last too) but one is a Champion (2nd in a row). It's not just about playing good. It's also about winning ! ***31***
on the 12th May, 2013 at 7:15am
Sorry, do not agree. Cavani may have scored a lot of goals this season but lets not forget that he lost his form in the most crucial time for Napoli early this year. They could have reiously mounted a title challenge if he had maintained his scoring record at that time.
on the 12th May, 2013 at 6:26am
Of course it's Cavani. You don't need to win the league to be named player of the year. Cavani's goal return is fantastic, and still even though he had a dry spell.

Mazzarri for manager of the year too by the way!
on the 12th May, 2013 at 6:05am
First Cavani then Vidal. Give Napoli Isla, De Ceglie and either Matri or Giovinco plus 30 mill. for Cavani.
on the 12th May, 2013 at 2:09am
i can't believe you have failed to mention a player with incredible fitness, tecnique and above all...charisma, stephen lichsteiner has carried juventus for the last 2 years, without him juve gain an average of 1.8 points per game, however with him, they average 4.2 points per game. he is beast
on the 11th May, 2013 at 11:15pm
@Kliedesys

100% says u wanna give it to a juve player.
on the 11th May, 2013 at 10:42pm
This is just bull! Why is it that strikers always get the spotlight? So what if Cavani manage to score 35 goals per season, as compare to Vidal's 10+ goals? Vidal has shown a greater commitment in an overall performance. Vidal IS THE SOURCE that make Juventus a better squad!
on the 11th May, 2013 at 8:56pm
Sorry. But this is ridiculous. Vidal won the title with juventus and clearly been the best player in seria a . Cavani didnt win anything, and player of the year sld be a winner, and in a winning team JUVE. Dave mate u need to wake up and smell the coffee
on the 11th May, 2013 at 8:40pm
As a napoli fan, it worries me that at times we struggle for goals when Cavani is missing. If he is sold, then we have little chance of progressing far in the champions league and we need Laurenctis to spend some money on a good hardworking striker for back up to Cavani if he doesn't leave. If he does leave, then we definitely need to spend some cash because we would be in a dire situation as if our midfield can create chances, who can finish them off? Pandev? I don't think so
on the 11th May, 2013 at 6:33pm

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