Date: 5th May 2013 at 10:42pm
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Midfielder Almen Abdi was this evening crowned the Watford Observer ‘Player of the Season’.

‘The Professor’, as the Swiss international was nicknamed by Gianfranco Zola for his uncanny ability to find a way out of any situation, beat second-placed Matej Vydra and third-placed Troy Deeney to the award.



Abdi has has been a cut above his peers throughout the season, going from strength-to-strength and establishing himself as one of the first names on the teamsheet over the past 46 games.

Perhaps the biggest testament of Abdi’s class is that the former FC Zurich and Le Mans midfielder makes the game look so easy.

He is always two or three moves ahead of his teammates mentally, breezing through games with a glide befitting of a man immeasurably ahead of those who he shares the field with.

With 36 starts and two substitute appearance, scorng 12 npower Championship goals, Abdi was sorely missed for the eight games in which he did not partake and it was little coincidence that the Hornets were poorer for the Prizren-born playmaker’s absence.

That Abdi was overlooked for the Football League and PFA Team’s of the Season, is frankly, laughable.

It can only be that he is on-loan at a largely unfashionable, unheralded and this season, oft-scorned upon club, that he was overlooked.

The idea that there are many or any finer all-round midfield players in the division is in my view, wholly misguided, and although we at Vital Watford are commenting through yellow-tinted spectacles, we are not prone to hyperbole.

This is a player with Champions League experience under his belt – and not that kind that Taribo West brought to Plymouth – this is a young man at 26, who is very much in his prime as a footballer.

After racking our brains, the highest compliment we can pay The Professor is that he is far, far too good for the Championship, a division which is an insult to his unrelenting class.

Many congratulations from all at Vital Watford, Almen.