Charlie Nicholas picks out the best of the 2012/13 Premier League season

Each day this week we've asked the Soccer Saturday regulars to pick out their highlights from the 2012/13 Premier League season. Charlie Nicholas is last up up and reveals how he impressed he was by Swansea...


Last Updated: 24/05/13 9:24am

Charlie Nicholas: Soccer Saturday expert

Suarez: never quiet

Michu: value for money

Ferguson: ahead of Moyes and Laudrup

Swansea: more than Cup winners

QPR: troubled season

Arsenal v Spurs: this scoreline pleased Charlie

Arsenal v Spurs: this scoreline pleased Charlie

Player of the Season

My player of the season is Luis Suarez. I know his behaviour and what has happened on and off field has put people off, but in the context of exciting players he's my choice. Robin van Persie and Gareth Bale have had fantastic seasons but the latter can drift in and out of games; he has 10 good minutes and 20 quiet ones. Suarez is never quiet. He's constantly on the move and has scored a lot of goals in a pretty average team. If I was in a stadium watching Suarez, I'd be off my seat for the whole game.

Signing of the season

Michu was superb value for money. He cost just two million quid and went on to score over twenty goals in his debut season. He wasn't in the running for player of the year or team of the year, but when you have a guy that scores plenty of goals, not only will you be safe but you'll also win trophies. Signing Michu last summer was the best bit of business I've seen in a long time.

Manager of the Season

It has to be Mr Govan, Sir Alex Ferguson. There have been managers who've done decent jobs this season. Manchester United won nothing last season and it's a testament of the man that they came back and regained the title. And they won it easy. That is what Sir Alex does, he just knows how to groom teams. Even if they're not playing well, they know how to win. Michael Laudrup's had a great season, David Moyes had another good campaign, but for me it's Sir Alex.

Team of the Season

Swansea City, and not just because of their League Cup victory. I know Michael Laudrup inherited a good side from Brendan Rodgers but they've secured a top-10 finish, won the first major trophy in their history, and the way they've played makes those achievements even better. They've continued with the passing game they had under Rodgers but they've played with more purpose and speed. I thought for a long part of the season that they were as good as any team in the country. Manchester United deserve enormous credit but I think Swansea have been the standout team.

Underachievers of the Season

Stoke springs to mind and yet they're not that much worse off than normal. It would have to be QPR. Mark Hughes spent a fortune on players and they failed. Harry Redknapp did a shrewd bit of business in getting in Loic Remy, Jermaine Jenas and Andros Townsend in January, but overall they underperformed. Some of those big money signings were an embarrassment.

Game of the Season

We've had so many great games this season. It's a bit of personal glorification for me but I'll have to go for Arsenal's 5-2 win over Spurs. It was a marvellous turnaround by my old club. Arsenal have had few very good results against the top six this season, but that win over Tottenham is the one that springboarded them back into action after a poor start. I'm only picking that one for a bit of personal glory, though!

Goal of the Season

Luis Suarez's goal against Newcastle was outstanding. He takes the ball on his chest, and with one touch brings it around the goalkeeper. Coloccini tries to push him over but can't get close to him. Krul doesn't know what he's going to do, and neither does the crowd. Their reaction sums up what football is all about. Van Persie's volley was brilliant and Gareth Bale hit a number of superb goals, but for me, Suarez's goal against Newcastle was special.

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