Gary Neville has picked Kevin De Bruyne as his player of the season despite Mohamed Salah winning the PFA Player of the Season award.
The Monday Night Football pundit handed out his end-of-season awards after Tottenham beat Watford 2-0 at Wembley.
Neville offered his take on player, young player, manager, goal, signing, most improved, moment and save of the season, as well as including one to watch for next season.
Here are Neville’s picks, which are bound to cause plenty of debate:
Neville’s Top 5 Goals of the Season
5. Vardy vs West Brom
4. Wanyama vs Liverpool
3. Daniels vs Man City
2. Willian vs Brighton
1. Rooney vs West Ham
And which one could Neville replicate? “Maybe the Daniels one, once every three or four seasons… in training,” Neville remarked.
Player of the season: Kevin De Bruyne
“It was down to the two for me, Salah and De Bruyne. You couldn’t argue with either. I disagreed with some of the sentiment after the award, how could you give it to Salah or De Bruyne? It’s one person’s opinion. You just do what’s right for you.
“For me this season, all the way through, I’ve always stayed with De Bruyen, he’s brought quality that you very rarely see, passes, contriolling of a football match. The ability to make David Silva look like the second best central midfield player, that’s some statement. You think of Pep Guardiola’s team, they say it’s the greatest performance by a team.
“De Bruyne has scored goals, assisted goals, controlled the tempo of football matches. Out of possession too, his reaction to giving the ball away is fantastic. He’s shown the quality you want to see. It’s a different level of quality, Salah has had an impactful season, he’s a really good player, he could be a great player, for me De Bruyne is world class.”
Signing of the season: Mo Salah
“Absolutely the signing of the season. This season is still going on for Liverpool.
“The opportunity to get into a Champions League final. Definitely the signing of the season. Jurgen Klopp deserves credit, he’s signed players who fit his model. He’d be a nightmare to play against.
“He makes the right movements all the time. Biggest impact from last summer.”
Young player of the season: Leroy Sane
“No brainer. Sane. Nothing phases him, he beats players from one box to another. His movement is great, I don’t see him dropping a level.
“More goals, more assists, look at Arjen Robben, a player you want to emulate if you’re Sane. He’s more like that than Ryan Giggs.
“I see Sane who predominantly works from out to in.”
Manager of the season: Pep Guardiola
“Roy Hodgson deserves a mention, I think Sean Dyche comes close. I think Jurgen Klopp is having a great season. I have to say it’s Pep Guardiola just for the outstanding football City produce.
“If Jurgen Klopp was to win the Champions LEague… well, let’s hope!”
Most improved player: Raheem Sterling
“Without a shadow of a doubt, the leap in goals and assists. I didn’t think he was capable of that. I could have gone Kevin De Bruyne. Otamendi is a big shift.”
Save of the season:
Neville said: “I’m more interested in how comfortable they make saves look, are they in the right position to start with? That’s the thing that can fool me and everybody sometimes. I thought the Elliot save and Courtois one was difficult.
“De Gea makes saves where nobody else would have saved that, the save at Anfield is the stand-out save of the season from the stand-out goalkeeper. You think it’s a goal. He’s doing the splits at full stretch. A brilliant reaction.”
Moment of the season: De Bruyne’s winner vs Chelsea
“Not necessarily the best moment, I thought, ‘oh, these are good and he’s good.’ Keeping the ball, the speed of the play, the incisiveness. I thought, ‘this is a different City.’ There could be a problem here, from a United point of view, this could be tough.”
One to watch: Mohamed Salah
“Just to understand whether this is an absolute freak, what I’ve seen of Salah, back at Basel and Chelsea, but that was a jump out of nowhere.
“You normally see players getting better. To me, it’s the most intriguing thing, whether that player is that player, or a 20 goals per season. If he goes on to score 43 next season, into the Ronaldo and Messi numbers, is he that player?”
Neville also picked his Team of the Year, and explained why he chose Roberto Firmino over Sergio Aguero.
“When I watch Liverpool, he is the catalyst for me,” Neville explained on Monday Night Football. “I think that if you were Pep Guardiola, you would want him as your striker, the runs forward and the runs back.
“I think he doesn’t get the credit that Salah gets, obviously Salah has had a fantastic season, but for me Firmino deserves to be in.”
And Neville also admitted to changing his mind on another Liverpool player with Andy Robertson beating out Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso to line up at left-back.
“I am going to go with Robertson as Liverpool are having a great season,” Neville noted. “And I think he’s been the best left-back this season.”
Christian Eriksen also just missed out, with Neville conceding he had to fit in Raheem Sterling or Leroy Sane – with the England international winning out.
“I felt as if I had to get in Sterling or Sane,” Neville revealed when asked why Eriksen had been omitted. “I hate to think of him [Sane] wearing a City shirt, he can be one of the great players.
“What made me go for Raheem in the end is the big moments. He had an influence. I’ll go for Raheem Sterling.”
Team of the season
De Gea, Walker, Kompany, Vertonghen, Robertson, Salah, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling, Kane, Firmino.
Neville’s end-of-season awards
Player: De Bruyne
Young player: Sane
Goal: Rooney vs West Ham
Most improved: Sterling
Moment: De Bruyne’s winner and Man City’s display vs Chelsea
Save: De Gea vs Liverpool
One to watch: Salah
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Tottenham are without Danny Rose (calf) for their Premier League game with Watford on Monday night.
Harry Winks continues to recover from an ankle injury while Hugo Lloris returns in goal after sitting out the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United.
Watford boss Javi Gracia has Gerard Deulofeu back in the squad after a throat infection but Nathaniel Chalobah (knee), Roberto Pereyra (groin), Younes Kaboul (foot), Tom Cleverley (hamstring) and Stefano Okaka (unspecified) are all out.
STAT – Eriksen has now been directly involved in nine goals in his last eight games in all competitions (5 goals, 4 assists).
21 minsminute by minute
Eriksen and Alli link up again, this time to tee up Dier 25 yards put. The midfielder goes for goal, but puts far too much power on his strike, which sails over.
20 minsminute by minute
A brief pause as Trippier receives treatment following a challenge from Holebas, who caught the former Burnley man on the top of the boot.
18 minsminute by minute
For all Tottenham’s possession, they hadn’t really kicked into gear, and that was a real gift of a goal for Alli, who has been on a fine run of form in front of goal in the last few weeks.
16 minsminute by minute
GOAL! What a dreadful mistake from Karnezis! The Watford goalkeeper makes a complete mess of taking in Trippier’s cross, and Eriksen duly pounces, prodding the ball into Alli, who keeps his cool to slot home.
16 minsminute by minute
Trippier’s cross was a good one, but Karnezis should have collected it easily. As it was, the Greece goalkeeper dropped the ball straight at Eriksen’s feet, and the Dane quickly picked out Alli, who made no mistake with the finish.
15 minsminute by minute
Half a chance for Femenia, as Watford’s full-back – playing in an advanced role down the right today – latches onto a perfectly weighted diagonal from Richardson. Just as he looked set to drive at goal, however, the Spaniard gets his touch all wrong.
Overall Possession Ratio
12 minsminute by minute
That could have changed then, however! Capoue’s mistake allows Alli to charge forward. The midfielder’s square ball puts Kane on the back foot however, and that enables Watford’s defence to scramble it clear.
11 minsminute by minute
A dominant start from Tottenham, although bar Dier’s effort, the hosts haven’t really managed to test Watford’s defence as of yet.
9 minsminute by minute
Tottenham go short from a corner on the left – Dembele drifting clear of his marker before delivering a clever cross to the near post. Dier is there to meet it, but can’t turn his header on target.
8 minsminute by minute
STAT – Tottenham are unbeaten in their last 12 matches against Watford in all competitions (W9 D3), since a 3-2 defeat at White Hart Lane in the League Cup in October 1994.
6 minsminute by minute
Poor defending from Kabasele – who completely missed Trippier’s cross – almost allows Alli to latch on, but Cathcart got across to cover. Moments later, the Belgian defender redeems himself with a good block from Eriksen’s effort.
4 minsminute by minute
Son does well to cut inside from the left and pick out Kane, who manages to set himself and arrow a low strike through a crowd of players. The England striker didn’t generate any real power on his effort, though, and Karnezis makes a simple stop.
3 minsminute by minute
While Tottenham have had a bruising few weeks, losing their last two games at Wembley – against Manchester City in the league and United in the cup respectively – they do remain in pole position for the Champions League, Watford have very little to play for. The Hornets started brilliantly under Marco Silva, but since his sacking, have failed to find any consistency.
1 minsminute by minute
Watford have got proceedings up and running at Wembley. The visitors immediately move it forward, with Hughes picking up the loose ball and driving a low shot at goal, but Lloris is able to watch it pass wide.
No major surprises from Pochettino, who sticks with the side that has started the majority of Tottenham’s games in recent weeks. Javi Gracia, meanwhile, has named three changes to the side that started in Watford’s draw with Crystal Palace.
Watford substitutes: Heurelho Gomes, Daryl Janmaat, Miguel Britos, Gerard Deulofeu, Troy Deeney, Jerome Sinclair, Andre Carrillo.
Watford (4-2-3-1): Orestis Karnezis; Adrian Mariappa, Christian Kabasele, Craig Cathcart, Jose Holebas; Etienne Capoue, Abdoulaye Doucoure; Kiko Femenia, Will Hughes, Richarlison; Andre Gray.
Tottenham substitutes: Toby Alderweireld, Erik Lamela, Victor Wanyama, Michel Vorm, Moussa Sissoko, Serge Aurier, Lucas Moura.
Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris; Kieran Trippier, Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen, Ben Davies; Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele; Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Son Heung-min; Harry Kane.
Watford, on the other hand, sit 13th, having failed to win in their last six league outings, failing to score in four of those fixtures.
Chelsea’s victory over Swansea City has moved the Blues to within two points of fourth-placed Tottenham, who are looking to bounce back from their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United, and Mauricio Pochettino’s side need a win to consolidate their place in the Champions League places.
Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Premier League clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Watford at Wembley.
Mauricio Pochettino has cast further doubt over his Tottenham future.
The Spurs boss refused to confirm he will be in charge next season.
Pochettino first raised eyebrows and doubts with his comments following Tottenham’s FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United.
And when asked if he would be staying to lead the team into their new stadium Pochettino instead spoke more generally about Spurs being right to stick with their current project.
He said: “After the disappointment of the result against Manchester United, I was very honest to tell you that we create a philosophy and a project for the long term and trying to be different to other clubs.
“I wanted to say [with his post semi-final comments] that the club is not going to change.
“If I stay here for three years more, after three years the project will not change. The most important thing now is that project we need to keep pushing.
“And, of course, we are frustrated about bad results. But we cannot change because the club cannot change.”
Labour MP John Woodcock has been suspended pending an investigation into sexual harassment.
Accusations against Mr Woodcock, a fierce critic of Jeremy Corbyn , emerged over the weekend.
will be the subject of a hearing before the party’s National Constitutional Committee later this year.
It is alleged the MP sent inappropriate texts and emails to a former staffer during the two years she worked for the party.
And it is said the woman felt uncomfortable and left her job. She claims that Mr Woodcock continued to contact her even after she had quit, sending regular messages and emails.
Last November Labour’s National Executive Committee agreed the woman’s complaint met the necessary threshold to refer the case to the constitutional committee.
In a statement on Monday, Mr Woodcock said: “In the light of newspaper stories today, I want to make the following clear to my constituents.
“I was made aware in December last year that a complaint made against me was being referred to Labour’s national constitutional committee as a potential breach of the party’s policy on sexual harassment.
“I do not accept the charge but know the complaint must be thoroughly and fairly investigated.
“I have not yet been notified of any date for a hearing and was following the party’s guidance that the process should remain confidential to reassure potential victims that they could make complaints without being exposed to unwelcome publicity.
“Therefore I do not intend to discuss details of the issue ahead of any hearing.”
A Labour Party spokesperson said: “John Woodcock has been suspended from the Labour party pending due process.
It would not be appropriate to comment further on an ongoing case.”
British steel bosses were tonight anxiously waiting to see whether EU exports would be slapped with eye-watering US tariffs.
Donald Trump planned to hammer metal entering America with 25% duties as the clock ticked down early on Tuesday.
Industry sources suggested the US President could throw EU firms another last-minute lifeline and extend the existing exemption.
But others feared he would press ahead with moves to curb competition from foreign firms.
He initially granted EU nations a six-week exemption from the punishing taxes in mid-March.
But that was due to expire at 5am.
UK Steel director Gareth Stace said: “The only sustainable solution to the root cause of the issue – global overcapacity in steel production – is multilateral discussions and action through established international channels.
“This must continue apace.
“Regardless of the ultimate outcome between EU and US discussions, it is vital that the EU forges ahead with its own safeguard action to ensure domestic producers are not hit by a massive import surge resulting from millions of tonnes of steel diverted away from the US in the months ahead.
“Such imports would cause long term damage right across the EU steel sector.”
Shadow Steel Minister Gill Furniss blasted the uncertainty gripping the sector.
She said: “It is extremely disappointing that we have got to this point.
“The Government has pandered to the whims of Donald Trump and stayed silent during the crisis, and as a result has again failed our steel industry.
“Today, our hardworking steelworkers will undoubtedly be worried about what impact this will have on them and their families.
“If the Government have any integrity and if they truly respect our steelworkers, they must take urgent action to support the sector during this period.”
Labour MP Nic Dakin, of the Best for Britain campaign, urged ministers to work with EU allies to secure a long-term exemeption.
He added: “Back in 2016, key figures on the Leave side capitalised on the concerns of industries like steel, leading people to believe the answer to their problems was tearing the UK away from the EU.
“Yet now we can see plainly that leaving the EU has not protected steelworkers, it has made them more vulnerable.
“As part of the EU we could negotiate these crises as a bloc, arguing that the US shouldn’t punish its European partners and demonstrating through the joint scale of trade how a trade war wouldn’t suit the US anymore than it would us.
“We need to be thinking about how best to enhance the UK’s position on the world stage to deal with these situations in the future.
“The question is whether we should do this by ourselves or with our closest allies.
“It’s pretty obvious that the latter will better help us show our true strength.”
Keeping a diary is a common and therapeutic habit, allowing an order to the cluttered thoughts and emotions that occur throughout our daily lives. Naturally, if you are an animator, your diary can take on a visual format to become a ‘doodle diary.’
This is what former Disney illustrator Gary Andrews started doing on his 54th birthday, as a happily married father-of-two, documenting the joy of family life with his beautiful wife and children. Sadly, tragedy was to strike and Gary would become a widower and a single parent within 3 years.
While away on a work trip to Canada, Gary’s wife Joy fell ill with what they thought was a simple flu. However, it soon became apparent that it was much more serious than that, and Gary rushed home to be near his beloved. On arrival back in the UK he received the devastating news: Joy had passed away from sepsis.
Completely shell-shocked from the sudden onset of the illness and Joy’s tragic death, Gary struggled to find a way to respond to his overwhelming grief. He opened up his notebook and let his emotions pour out onto the pages. “I was crying so hard it was difficult to focus on the page. I was drawing through tears,” he told the Daily Mail. “Joy had been my soulmate for 19 years. She was beautiful, kind, generous and funny. We did everything together. When I lost her, I felt half of me had gone.”
Throughout the grieving process, Gary continued with his doodle diary, recording the ups and downs, the good days and the bad. The process of putting his thoughts and emotions down on paper helped him to cope, by allowing him to vent his feelings. Joy is a recurring part of his doodles, and he also manages to capture the continuing happiness and fun that his children bring to his life, navigating the world of being a single parent.
Sepsis is a silent killer, and Gary hopes to raise awareness for an illness that is often regarded as an afterthought for many doctors. Its symptoms, including fever, sickness, blotchy skin and dizziness, are often mistaken for other illnesses and not recognised until too late. If captured early on, it can be treated with simple antibiotics. Gary doesn’t blame anyone for Joy’s death however, it was simply bad luck. “From the minute Joy was admitted to hospital, specialists from every department tried to find out what was wrong,’ he says. “They couldn’t have done more. It wasn’t until the post-mortem that they narrowed it down to sepsis.”
“Blame and ‘what ifs’ won’t bring Joy back. Would she still be alive if I hadn’t been in Canada and a doctor had been called a day earlier? I can’t think about things like that. What happened has happened and you just have to come to terms with it. I just want to move forward, to honour Joy’s memory and bring up our kids in a way she would have approved of.”
Scroll down below to see some of Gary’s poigant doodles for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments.