Mid-season review Part II - The Awards

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Maurizio Lagana/Getty ImagesStephan El Shaarawy has become a fan favorite at the San Siro

In Part I of my mid-season review, nominees were elected for a selection of end-of-year awards. The votes are in, so all that is left is to sign off 2012 with your winners.

Much has changed in the last six months, with plenty promised in the New Year. Milan chief Silvio Berlusconi has pledged that the club will look at youngsters to begin a new cycle of success and become protagonists with the Rossoneri for many years to come.

With that ideology reflected in your votes, it's time for the results:

Best player so far this season

Stephan El Shaarawy. With a staggering 94 percent of the votes, El Shaarawy was unsurprisingly your pick. With 14 goals in 18 league appearances and emerging as a much sought-after 'champion' at Milan, El Shaarawy also broke into the Italian national team off the back of his fine form. The expectation levels ahead of 2013 will be raised, but he has shown early signs he is able to handle the pressure.

Most disappointing player so far

Kevin-Prince Boateng. There have been many disappointing factors this season, with the poor form of several key individuals playing a significant part in Milan’s early struggles. Soon-to-be-sold Pato (31 percent) and Robinho (5) featured in the results, yet it was Boateng (45) who surfaced as the most disappointing of all. Boa has failed to reach the standards of his two previous seasons with the Rossoneri, while a return to that kind of form would be a welcome boost for the club.

Best win of the season so far?

Milan 1-0 Juventus. A clear winner with 82 percent of the voting for best win of the season came with the victory over defending champions Juventus in late November. Having battled back in Naples just a week earlier, the win against the Old Lady via a penalty from Robinho sparked a resurgence from Milan as they went on a run of four consecutive Serie A wins.

Worst loss of the season

Roma 4-2 Milan. The vote for this award was closer, with losses to bitter city rivals Inter (18 percent) and Fiorentina (20) coming in a close third and second, respectively. However, it was the year-ending humbling at the Stadio Olimpico which many voted as the worst defeat in the first half with 41 percent.

Most promising youngster so far this season

El Shaarawy. As with his earlier award, El Shaarawy was the near-unanimous choice. The 20 year-old secured 81 percent of the vote, with the impressive Mattia De Sciglio (15 percent) coming in as his nearest rival. Much is expected of the pair far beyond the end of this season, with other nominees Mbaye Niang and Francesco Acerbi likely to play significant roles too

Should Massimiliano Allegri still be in charge?

In the tightest of the voting, 51 percent said Allegri should still manage the Rossoneri. Having overcome severe criticism in the early part of the season, Allegri has guided Milan back up the table, but that fails to hide the bitterly disappointing start to the campaign. With the likely departures of Robinho and Pato, much will depend on dealings in the January transfer window as Allegri looks to secure Champions League football.

The Murtaugh award for best Golden-oldie

A diminishing figure as the years catch up with him, no one can deny the leadership and influence Massimo Ambrosini possesses. Arguably one of the last remaining 'senators' at the club, despite his inconsistent performances on the pitch, it is what Ambrosini represents that currently makes him so important to Milan. El Shaarawy will have no qualms with this selection, given he is currently enjoying a break in Dubai courtesy of his club captain.

The Balotelli award for awesomeness

Philippe Mexes: For the goal seen below against Anderlecht, which helped secure a Place in the last 16 of the Champions League.



Agree with the award winners? Predictions for 2013, can Milan secure a place in the top three and/or beat Barcelona?

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