As we draw the curtains on a pretty terrible 2014-15 season, we finish off our Season Review series with the Player of the Season poll.
Tim Howard (recap) had some outstanding saves, but had some ridiculous gaffes as well. Joel Robles (recap) did well when he stepped in for Howard, almost starting a fan-revolt when Roberto Martinez (recap) insisted that Howard was still the No. 1.
Captain Phil Jagielka (recap) started the season poorly, with what many attributed to his World Cup hangover carrying on into the season. However, his last-minute thunderbolt equalizer at the Kop End against the RS formed the foundation to a strong end to the year. Youngster John Stones (recap) stepped up to the plate to fill in the void beside Jagielka to great effect. While he had his fair share of coverage and possession gaffes, Stones has sealed his spot in the starting lineup this year. Seamus Coleman (recap) was the players' Player of the Season last season, but was nondescript most of the year. Veteran Leighton Baines (recap) had an off-year, ending with surgery, and we could see the effect on the entire team. Sylvain Distin (recap), Antolin Alcaraz (recap), Bryan Oviedo (recap)... do they even merit discussion?
Midfield was expected to be a position of strength for the Blues, and instead it turned out to be one of the weakest links for the Toffees. Gareth Barry (recap) was simply run into the ground by Martinez, and failed to provide the solidity expected of him. James McCarthy (recap) was magnificent often, but also spent time injured and otherwise ineffective too. Fan-favourite Muhamed Besic (recap) probably crossed Martinez one time too many, and didn't get too much playing time in the second half of the season. Darron Gibson (recap) had yet another injury-plagued season (where have heard that before). Steven Pienaar (recap) also had an injury-plagued season (this sounds familiar). Leon Osman (recap) brought some much-needed stability to the side, but that was in some all-too-rare appearances when he wasn't injured (what the heck). Aiden McGeady started well but was also wracked by injuries in spring (how does this keep happening). On-loan Aaron Lennon (recap) sparkled since his January move, but did he do enough to earn your vote as player of the season? As for wunderkind Ross Barkley (recap), the lad had a year to forget as the pressure got to him - an expectant Goodison Park turned into one that hounded his every move
Romelu Lukaku (recap) had long periods when he disappeared during the year, but shined in Europe and without his twenty goals the Blues would be much the poorer. Arouna Kone (recap) was also out for long periods with injuries (really, this has got to stop). Kevin Mirallas (recap) is another player who seemed to have gotten on Martinez' wrong side as he only had a series of substitute appearances towards the end of the year. 'Scottish Messi' Steven Naismith (recap) was not half the player this season as he was the previous year, and only managed eight goals in the games he played.
So, you've read all the player recaps, now vote for who you think should be the Everton Player of the Season, and tell us in the comments who you voted for and why you thought they were the best player on the team.