American Player Rankings: Dempsey finishes fourth in FWA Player of the Year voting

Clint Dempsey was left off the PFA awards list, but finished fourth as the English football writers voted for their EPL player of the year.
Questions were asked when the Professional Footballers' Association awards list came out and Clint Dempsey wasn't on it, But the Football Writers' Association did the American justice on Tuesday.

The Fulham star finished fourth in voting behind Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes for the FWA's Player of the Year award in the EPL.

How Scholes is as high as three on the list is slightly baffling, but fourth seems like a fair place for Dempsey, what with Sergio Aguero not in the group at all. Dempsey gaining that type of recognition is impressive and will only boost the massive amounts of rumors that are sure to come up about him as the transfer window draws near.

It's nice to see Dempsey finally get some recognition of this caliber for his performances in England after being one of the most consistent goal threats among midfielders in the EPL for several years.

He'll stay top of this list, as you would imagine.

1. Clint Dempsey
Age: 29

Club: Fulham
Position: Midfielder

Last Week: 1

Comment:
The English writers think he's one of the four best players in the EPL this year. Not bad for a guy that plays for Fulham.
2. Jozy Altidore

Age: 22

Club: AZ
Position: Forward

Last Week: 3

Comments: 
If Jozy Altidore brings his goals back to the U.S. national team with him, World Cup qualifying will be much easier for Jurgen Klinsmann.
3. Tim Howard
Age: 33

Club: Everton
Position: Goalkeeper

Last Week: 2

Comments:
It's a shame to drop Howard down the list, but Altidore scoring again and Manchester United hanging four goals on Everton makes it a must.
4. Michael Bradley
Age: 24

Club: Chievo
Position: Midfielder

Last Week: 4

Comments:
Chievo and Bradley shut down a pretty potent Udinese team over the weekend and should have a pretty comfortable closing run to the season despite a loss to Atalanta on Tuesday night.
5. Brad Friedel
Age: 40

Club: Tottenham
Position: Goalkeeper

Last Week: 4

Comments: 
Losses to the likes of QPR are not what helps a team make the Champions League.
6. Landon Donovan
Age: 30

Club: LA Galaxy
Position: Midfielder

Last Week: 6

Comment:
Donovan is finally rolling in MLS. Good to see as the opening of World Cup qualifying draws near.
7.  Herculez Gomez

Age: 29

Club: Santos
Position: Forward

Last Week: 7

Comments:
The big news here is that Gomez played and didn't score last week.
8. Fabian Johnson
Age: 24

Club: Hoffenheim
Position: Midfielder/Defender

Last Week:
  8

Comments:
Johnson and Hoffenheim dropped a match against Leverkusen, ending the team's hopes of playing in the Europa League next season.
9. Maurice Edu
Age: 26

Club: Rangers
Position: Midfielder

Last Week:
9

Comments:
Edu and Rangers got a win over Hearts over the weekend, but the club's troubles are far from over.
10. Carlos Bocanegra
Age: 32

Club: Rangers
Position: Defender

Last Week: 10

Comments: 
Rangers can't get right financially and at this point it's unclear what that will mean for Bocanegra and Edu in the near future.

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