PFA Player of the Year shortlist
It’s that time of the year again: the battle for PFA Player of the Year 2013. As always there is quite the roll call of players all striving to be named Player of the Year.
April 19th, 2013
The shortlist has been released and the top 6 are:
Tottenham’s Gareth Bale. At 23 years of age he has appeared for Tottenham 38 times and scored 22 goals this season. Gordon Taylor, PFA Chief Executive describes him as a “brilliant player who lights up the pitch”. He not only shows his sporting prowess on the White Hart Lane turf but also for the Wales national team. Hailing from Cardiff, Bale’s rise to stardom has been a swift one. Starting at Southampton aged 16, he was the youngest player ever to play for them at the time. He arrived at White Hart Lane in May 2007 and has racked up 244 career appearances since 2006.
Michael Carrick is the first of the Manchester United players shortlisted, although he might not be a headline grabber, he is a pitch constant who is happiest under the radar, but with 42 appearances he is a key member of the team. He arrived at Manchester United in 2006 and has since appeared 206 times and scored 14 goals for the club. He made his England debut in 2001 and has since gained 23 England caps – but sadly has yet to score an international goal.
Robin Van Persie is the second Manchester United player on the list, at 29 he has appeared 43 times during the 2012/2013 season and scored 25 goals. He is classed as one of the most vital signings that Manchester United has made. Van Persie started his career at his hometown club Feyenoord and moved to the UK in 2004 to play for Arsenal, where he stayed for 8 years before moving to rival club Manchester United in 2012.
Manchester United is not the only team to be doubling up in the short list. Chelsea has both Eden Hazard and Juan Mata representing the Blues.
Belgian born Eden Hazard is best known for his attacking speed and technical ability described as a ‘fearless explosive attacking midfielder’ – with likenesses being drawn between Hazard and footballing legends such as Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi it’s easy to see how he ended up on this shortlist. He has appeared 56 times this season for Chelsea and scored 12 times.
The second Stamford Bridge player on the list is Juan Mata; with 55 appearances and 18 goals to his name this season Mata is a top-class player that surely Chelsea are thrilled they purchased from Valencia 2 years ago. With 86 career goals across both club and international appearances, Mata is likely to simply go from strength to strength.
Last, but by no means least on the shortlist is Luis Suarez, who is just as well known for his on-pitch antics as he is for his ball skills. Despite the hundreds of tabloid column inches that he courts from his erratic behaviour, he is without doubt one of the best-known players in the country; with 46 season appearances leading to 29 goals, it’s clear that his intensity and determination is pushing him to greatness.
The decision will be made on the 28th April, check back to find out who lifts the 2013 Player of the Year 2013 trophy.