PFA PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

By SIMON STONE, PRESS ASSOCIATION

 The Professional Footballers’ Association has confirmed the six nominations for the prestigious Player of the Year award, which will be announced in London on April 28. Below are the nominees, with an individual assessment from PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor.

GARETH BALE (Tottenham) Age: 23. Appearances: 38. Goals: 22.
Gareth Bale is a brilliant player. He just lights up the pitch. I am not surprised some of the world’s leading clubs may be knocking on the door but I hope he stays here. His pace, acceleration, crossing ability and goals are excellent. I just wish he was English.

MICHAEL CARRICK (Manchester United) Age: 31. Appearances: 42. Goals: 2.
Michael has almost been under the radar. You forget he has won four titles and lots of other trophies. It is really good to see a player like him get recognised. He is a players’ player. He doesn’t make big headlines but he is highly regarded by his fellow professionals.

EDEN HAZARD (Chelsea). Age: 22. Appearances: 56. Goals: 12.
It is interesting that Belgium were in the doldrums for some time and now they have a number of players coming through. Eden is in the best mould of the Barcelona-type midfielders. He has a good reputation and is top quality.

JUAN MATA (Chelsea) Age: 24. Appearances: 55. Goals: 18.  Mata has been a linchpin in that Chelsea side. He is a top-class player, in the finest traditions of current Spanish midfielders, not massive in stature but has good balance, technique, passing ability, awareness, to get goals and make them.

LUIS SUAREZ (Liverpool) Age: 26. Appearances: 46. Goals 29.
It would be naive to think controversy won’t continue to travel with him but this is a footballing award. Sometimes the intensity that causes a problem also makes sure they win. It is not always possible to put old heads on young shoulders. His football ability shines through.

ROBIN VAN PERSIE (Manchester United) Age: 29. Appearances: 43. Goals: 25.
Robin is one of the finest strikers in the world. He was a crucial signing for Manchester United. He has been the icing on the cake in what looks like the Premier League-title-winning team. I have been very impressed by him as a person as well as a player.

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Arsenal striker Robin van Persie named PFA Player of the Year

22 April 2012 Last updated at 22:05 GMT

Robin van Persie has been named as the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Player of the Year.

The 28-year-old striker has scored 38 times this season, including 34 goals in all competitions for Arsenal.

The Dutch international, who is the Premier League’s top goalscorer, said: “If other people are saying it, it is special, but it is even more special if your opponents are saying it.

"If they make up their minds that I’m the best player it is a big honour."

Van Persie, who has been inspirational for Arsene Wenger’s side, was also quick to acknowledge the importance of his team-mates.

“Without them I could not have achieved it,” he said. “For example, Theo Walcott, he has given me more than 12 assists and I do really appreciate that.

Van Persie is enjoying his most fruitful season since signing for Arsenal in 2004, helped largely by a fruitful switch into the centre-forward role.

“To be fair, when I first went there I wasn’t really as confident and I wasn’t really sure I could do it,” he added.

"It took a bit of time but after a couple of months I slowly realised I could do a good job there."

Van Persie won the award ahead of Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, Tottenham’s Scott Parker and Manchester City trio Sergio Aguero, Joe Hart and David Silva.

Previous Winners

  • 2010-11 - Gareth Bale
  • 2009-10 - Wayne Rooney
  • 2008-09 - Ryan Giggs
  • 2007-08 - Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 2006-07 - Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester City had the most representatives in the team of the year, with four on the list - Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Yaya Toure.

Premier League team of the year: Joe Hart (Man City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham), Vincent Kompany (Man City), Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle), Leighton Baines (Everton), David Silva (Man City), Yaya Toure (Man City), Gareth Bale (Tottenham), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd).

Championship team: Kelvin Davis (Southampton), Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace), James Tomkins (West Ham), Curtis Davies (Birmingham), Ian Harte (Reading), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Peter Whittingham (Cardiff), Mark Noble (West Ham), Matt Phillips (Blackpool), Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Jay Rodriguez (Burnley).

League One team: Ben Hamer (Charlton), Jack Hunt (Huddersfield), Michael Morrison (Charlton), Harry Maguire (Sheff Utd), Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton), Johnnie Jackson (Charlton), Stephen Quinn (Sheff Utd), Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons), Darren Potter (MK Dons), Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield), Ched Evans (Sheff Utd).

League Two team: Robert Olejnik (Torquay), Paul Caddis (Swindon), Kyle McFadzean (Crawley), Ian Sharps (Shrewsbury), Kevin Nicholson (Torquay), Matt Ritchie (Swindon), Marlon Pack (Cheltenham), Eunan O’Kane (Torquay), Lee Mansell (Torquay), Izale McLeod (Barnet), Tyrone Barnett (Crawley).

SOURCE: bbc.co.uk