The nominations for both the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards have been announced and there are a couple of surprises.
For Player of the Year the nominees are West Ham’s Scott Parker, Tottenham’s Gareth Bale, Arsenal’s Samir Nasri, Blackpool’s Charlie Adam, Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic, and Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez.
Left off the list are Manchester United winger Nani and Tottenham’s Rafael Van der Vaart. Nani has probably been United’s best player this season, while Van der Vaart, when he has been fit, has added a new dimension to Spur’s play this season.
Nani was nominated for the Young Player of the Year Award along with Tottenham’s Gareth Bale, Arsenal’s Samir Nasri and Jack Wilshere, Manchester City’s Joe Hart and Everton’s Seamus Coleman.
Bale and Nasri could join former Manchester United midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo (2006/07) and Andy Gray (1976/77) as the only players to win both awards in the same year.
Vidic meanwhile will be looking to make it five in a row for Manchester United who have provided the last four winners of the Player of the Year award – Ronaldo (06/07 and 07/08), Ryan Giggs (08/09) and Wayne Rooney 12 months ago.
My vote for player of the year goes to Vincent Kompany eventhough he did not make the list. Take him out of the Man City line-up this season and they are a mid-table side. Not one challenging for Europe. He has played all but one of City’s games because of a suspension. The fact Kompany isnt even nominated annoys me; he’s been arguably the most consistent player of the season. I’d put Cech in ahead of Nasri too, he’s been absolutely crucial to Chelsea’s season, they’d be near mid table without his unbelieveable performances and is getting absolutely no credit for the points he’s winning on his own.
But if I am to choose from the list Nemaja Vidic will be my pick. Don’t be surprised with my choice because I’m a United supporter. Vidic will win it especially as it looks like United will get the league, he does deserve it too, and without him United would have a weak defence.
The Young Player award should go to Wilshere. No two ways about that: Wilshere has improved as the season has progressed.
Many pundits are saying Gareth Bale deserves to be PFA player of the year but I don’t agree with them.
REASONS WHY PEOPLE THINK THE WELSH WIDEMAN DESERVES THE PFA AWARD
Bale set up all four goals to help Spurs overcome Young Boys 4–0 (6–3 agg.) in a Champions League play-off at White Hart Lane. Although Assou-Ekotto had already returned from injury, Bale continued his good form and cemented his place in the starting eleven, moving forward to left wing to accommodate Assou-Ekotto at left back.
On 29 September 2010, Bale scored his first Champions League goal for Tottenham in a 4–1 home win against Dutch champions FC Twente in their second game of the group stages. In recognition, he was named Welsh Player of the Year by the Welsh FA.
On 20 October, Bale scored his first senior hat trick against European champions Internazionale at the San Siro in the Champions League. Tottenham lost the match 4–3, having been 4–0 down inside the first 35 minutes and playing with ten men for over 80 minutes of the match after goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes had been sent off in the eighth minute for a professional foul on Inter’s Jonathan Biabiany.
In the return match at White Hart Lane on 2 November, Bale provided a man of the match performance, setting up goals for Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko to earn Spurs a memorable 3–1 win.
On 21 August, Bale scored twice in a 2–1 win at Stoke City, the second of which was a head-high volley into the top right hand corner of the goal. His goal is a contender for goal of the season.Bale has already amassed 7 goals in the EPL.A good return from a player who has switched from left back to left wing.
Why Bale does not deserve the PFA player of the year?
From a pure footballing point of view I would not vote for Gareth Bale.Bale was great in Champions League but that does not mean you should be nominated for PL awards.If it is ok for Bale to get nominated despite playing only half the season – where is Robin van Persie? He scored more goals than anyone has ever done in the EPL during January-February.
Bale is a good player but apart from the media hype there is no reason for him to win. I think Jack will get the Young Player of The Year and well deserved too, been one of England’s best players this year and should get some reconigition for it.
Bale has been a revelation for the Spurs but Wilshere has been far more consistent at a high level. Bale produces some jaw dropping performances on occasions and then looks average for another few weeks and then another performance so for me being the best means being consistently good, not showing up once every other week. He’s top notch on his day but has little or no consistency.
Bale has only 1 assist in the EPL as compared to Nani’s 18.The energy surrounding him earlier in the season was electric, and Tottenham just don’t look the same without him in the side or in top form. Scored some real crackers, but what was most impressive was SOME of the performances he put together, just top class. He also made a transition this season to a wing back to a pure winger and did it superbly, but I think he does not deserve it.