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Kompany takes Player of the Year honours

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Per the official site:

Vincent Kompany has won the Etihad Player of the Year, in association with the Manchester City Supporters Club.

Runner-up was David Silva with Carlos Tevez third, and the winner collected his award at the glittering  MCFC Awards ceremony held at the City of Manchester Stadium on Sunday evening.

The Belgian was the overwhelming choice of the fans and he completed a memorable double by also being voted Jaguar Players' Player of the Year by his team-mates.

There isn't a great deal to argue with looking at the awards that were handed out. As good as Tevez's strike against Stoke was though (the best since Elano's - which was marginally better in my view - at that same end of the stadium), my pick for goal of the season would be David Silva's wonderful solo effort away to Blackpool.

I'm sure there will be some contention too around Mario Balotelli winning the Young Player of the Year award and it was a surprise that Micah Richards' strong play at the end of the season wasn't enough for him to take the honour.

There was some debate around the Player of the Year Award, with David Silva, Carlos Tevez and Nigel de Jong all having legitimate claims.

For me though (and something you guys agree with), Kompany is the deserving winner. Of all the candidates, he has played at a consistently higher level than any of the other contenders and emerged as one of the Premier League's top defenders.

Of the substantial outlay the club has made in recent times, the £6 million or so it took to land Kompany (still just twenty-five years old) may well be the best that was spent.