Well, it’s difficult to give an account of Sporting this season. Back in January Sporting had just lifted the Taça da Liga and everything seemed to be going great. Bas Dost was scoring and Bruno Fernandes was doing everything else. Then, the Atlético game happened. Bruno de Carvalho took to Facebook and everything went to shit culminating in a final 2 games and 2 weeks of what is a nightmare for Sporting fans.
So let’s try and look in the brightside.
Goal of the Season: Bruno Fernandes vs. Tondela (Link) – No surprise that Bruno Fernandes has taken up most of this category. The midfielder just doesn’t score ugly goals. This one against Tondela was hit out of pure frustration but was an unstoppable shot that swerved in the air.
This was the hardest category to pick for.
Runners Up: 2.Bruno Fernandes vs. Vitória de Guimarães (Link), 3. Fredy Montero vs. Plzen (Link)
Bonus: Bruno Fernandes vs. Astana (Link), Bruno Fernandes vs. Portimonense (Link), Bruno Fernandes vs. Estoril (Link), Gelson Martins vs. Astana (Link), Gelson Martins vs. Rio Ave (Link), Bryan Ruiz vs. Marítimo (Link), Jérémy Mathieu vs. Tondela (Link), Jérémy Mathieu vs. Vitória de Guimarães (Link)
2017: Gelson Martins vs. Paços de Ferreira (Link)
2016: João Mário vs. Vitória de Setúbal (Link)
2015: Nani vs. Gil Vicente (Link)
2014: Carlos Mané vs. Marítimo (Link)
2013: Ricky van Wolfswinkel vs. Braga (Link)
2012: Marat Izmailov vs. Rio Ave (Link)
Worst Signing of the Season: Seydou Doumbia – Doumbia was signed to alleviate the pressure of Bas Dost as our main goalscorer and to add extra dynamism going forward. Doumbia did none of those things.
Seydou Doumbia scored 8 goals all season which is almost flattering when you consider the teams he scored them against: Steaua Bucuresti, Olympiacos, Vilaverdense (x3), União da Madeira (x2), Astana. Doumbia has a level and that is it.
Runners Up: 2. Rúben Ribeiro (a downgrade from Iuri Medeiros), 3. Mattheus Oliveira (did nothing)
2017: 1. Luc Castaignos, 2. Lazar Markovic, 3. Elias
2016: 1. Hernán Barcos, 2. Michaël Ciani, 3. Bruno Paulista
2015: 1. Simeon Slavchev, 2. Naby Sarr, 3. Ramy Rabia
2014: 1. Gérson Magrão, 2. Welder, 3. Iván Piris
2013: 1. Khalid Boulahrouz, 2. Danijel Pranjic, 3. Gelson Fernandes
2012: 1. Valeri Bojinov, 2. Luis Aguiar, 3. Elias
Best Signing of the Season: Bruno Fernandes – Sporting paid €8,500,000 for the midfielder from Sampdoria in what must be the bargain of the century.
Bruno Fernandes has been phenomenal all season long and at this point his €100,000,000 release clause may well need to be increased before long.
Runners Up: 2. Fábio Coentrão (our best left-back in years and incredible passion, even as a loan it was a fantastic signing), 3. Marcos Acuña (versatile and will immense quality)
Honourable Mention: Jérémy Mathieu (does not play like a 34-year old smoker) , Cristiano Piccini (excellent when going forward), Rodrigo Battaglia (adaptable and always consistent)
2017: 1. Bas Dost, 2. Beto, 3. Gelson Dala
2016: 1. Jorge Jesus, 2. Bryan Ruiz, 3. Bruno César
2015: 1. Paulo Oliveira, 2. Nani, 3. Ewerton
2014: 1. Leonardo Jardim, 2. Islam Slimani, 3. Jefferson
2013: 1. Fabrice Fokobo, 2. Marcos Rojo, 3. Zakaria Labyad
2012: 1. Stijn Schaars, 2. Ricky van Wolfswinkel, 3. Emiliano Insúa
Most Under-utilised Player: João Palhinha – There were times throughout the season when William Carvalho looked either injured or disinterested. Mostly through the latter parts of the season he looked disinterested. At times Rodrigo Battaglia played in his role but his skillset isn’t quit the same as William’s.
João Palhinha, more than Radosav Petrovic at the very least, could well have reduced the burden on William Carvalho. Palhinha turns 23 soon it would be a shame to see him leave and excel elsewhere like Ricardo Esgaio did at Braga.
Runners Up: 2. Wendel (Surely better than Josip Misic?), 3. André Pinto (should have enabled Jérémy Mathieu and Sebastián Coates more time to rest)
2017: 1. Paulo Oliveira, 2. Ricardo Esgaio, 3. Matheus Pereira
U23 Player of the Season: Bruno Fernandes – It’s amazing to think he was only 22 when Sporting signed him. Not only because he looks older but because his maturity and intelligence on the pitch defies his relative inexperience.
Runners Up: 2. Gelson Martins (moments of brilliance, a few moments of burro), 3. Rafael Leão (had injury not ended his season he could have really made an impact)
2017: 1. Gelson Martins, 2. Daniel Podence, 3. Matheus Pereira
2016: 1. João Mário, 2. Gelson Martins, 3. Carlos Mané
2015: 1. Paulo Oliveira, 2. João Mário, 3. Carlos Mané
2014: 1. William Carvalho, 2. Carlos Mané, 3. André Carrillo
2013: 1. André Martins, 2. Eric Dier, 3. Tiago Ilori
2012: 1. Ricky van Wolfswinkel, 2. André Martins, 3. André Carrillo
B Team Player of the Season: Rafael Barbosa – The final B Team Player of the Season award as the team was relegated from the Segunda Liga but will be scrapped anyway in favour of a U23 team.
Rafael Barbosa, one of the most experienced players in the squad, was on of the bright spots. His creativity and goals was one of the rare highlights of a disappointing season. He has this summer to prove to Jorge Jesus, or whoever is the manager next season, that he deserves a shot in first team squad.
Runners Up: 2. Pedro Marques (improved greatly), 3. Ivanildo Fernandes (ran out of ideas, the B team was really bad)
2017: 1. Gelson Dala, 2. Leonardo Ruiz, 3. Ivanildo Fernandes
2016: 1. Daniel Podence, 2. Francisco Geraldes, 3. Matheus Pereira
2015: 1. Wallyson Mallmann, 2. Gelson Martins, 3. Ryan Gauld
2014: 1. Ricardo Esgaio, 2. Iuri Medeiros, 3. Wallyson Mallmann
2013: 1. Ricardo Esgaio, 2. Eric Dier, 3. Bruma
Player of the Season: Bruno Fernandes – Well, it’s a clean sweep for Bruno Fernandes. A player the club must hold onto despite everything that has happened off field in recent weeks.
Goals, assists, skill, leadership… if he sticks around there’s a good chance he could be captain for next season.
Runners Up: 2. Rui Patrício, 3. Gelson Martins
2017: 1. Bas Dost, 2. Gelson Martins, 3. Sebastián Coates
2016: 1. Islam Slimani, 2. Adrien Silva, 3. João Mário
2015: 1. André Carrillo, 2. Nani, 3. Adrien Silva
2014: 1. William Carvalho, 2. Adrien Silva, 3. Cédric Soares
2013: 1. Rui Patrício, 2. Diego Capel, 3. Fabián Rinaudo
2012: 1. Rui Patrício, 2. Stijn Schaars, 3. Ricky van Wolfswinkel