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The Turf’s 2020-21 Premier League Season Awards

Our writers reveal their picks for the best (and worst) that the 2021 season had to offer.

Villa Park celebrates Aston Villa’s 2-1 win over Hull City in the Premier League by Ben Sutherland is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The Turf’s 2020-21 Premier League Season Awards


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Another campaign in the books. Manchester City won the league comfortably, while Fulham, West Brom, and Sheffield all say goodbye to the top-flight for at least a year. And before we start analyzing summer transfers and new kits for 2022, we asked some of our writers to submit their picks for various awards to put a bow on this past Premier League season (note that while some of these categories are fairly familiar, others we made up for our own fun).

First, a few high-level thoughts. We all agreed that Harry Kane was the league’s best player this year. Hard to ignore the leader in both goals and assists, especially considering that only 4 of his 23 goals this season came via penalties. And most of us had Alisson’s late heroics as the 2020-21 Goal of the Year, despite this instance classic not even making the shortlist on the Premier League website. Oddly enough, Alisson also got plenty of attention in our “Howler” category. Kind of like an Oscar AND Razzie nomination in the same year. But we digress…

We asked Ryan Kelly, Andrew Mark Wilhelm, Kevin Morin, and Joe Danbusky to give us their picks for the Turf’s inaugural 2020-21 Premier League Season Awards, and here’s how things shook down.

Player of the Year

Ryan – Harry Kane

Andrew – Harry Kane

Kevin – Harry Kane

Joe – Harry Kane

Manager of the Year

Ryan – Pep Guardiola

Andrew – Marcelo Bielsa

Kevin – David Moyes

Joe – David Moyes

Goal of the Year

RyanAlisson’s header

Andrew – Alisson’s header

Kevin – Alisson’s header

JoeLanzini’s point-saver

Biggest Surprise Club

Ryan – Leeds United

Andrew – West Ham

Kevin – Sheffield United (but a bad surprise)

Joe – Aston Villa

Best Kit

Ryan – West Ham’s all-black thirds

Andrew – Manchester City’s paisley thirds

Kevin – Brighton’s away

Joe – Manchester United’s away

Worst Kit

Ryan – West Brom’s away

Andrew – Manchester United’s thirds

Kevin – Manchester United’s thirds

Joe – West Brom’s away and thirds

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