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SATO Mid-Season Awards: Most Improved

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When you win the Most Disappointing Player Award from the previous year, your odds of winning the Most Improved Player Award go through the roof the following year.  Didier Drogba is proving this theory correct in the Premier League and David Trezeguet is certainly proving this same theory to be correct in Serie A with Juventus this season.

And last season was one that the Frenchman would love to forget.  Trezeguet hardly played at all during the 2008/2009 campaign battling injuries for the majority of the season.  In fact Trezeguet went down early in the year and did not return until mid-February.  And after the season many critics believed that Juventus would dump the star to rivals Milan or to perhaps to another Serie A squad, but Trezeguet remained at Juventus and it is a good thing for both sides. 

Trezeguet leads the squad in goals scored with seven.  Nobody else on the club is within two goals of Trezeguet making him the featured offensive performer for the squad for the first half of the year.  In fact with all the injuries that Juventus has suffered this season it would seem to be a miracle that Trezeguet is not a regular name on the list (I hope I didn’t just jinx him).  

And with seven goals so far and a little less then half of the season played, I would bet that Trezeguet can finish the season with a minimum of 15 goals as long as he can avoid that critical injury.  Because when the Frenchman is on the pitch he is tough for defenses to stop.