Six of the best: PFA Player of the Year candidates
A look at six outstanding players who are in contention to win the coveted award
Here at GMF, we look at the top six contenders for the prestigious PFA Player of the Year award. Take a look at our list below and give us your vote!
Robin Van Persie
Following an outstanding season with Arsenal, RVP made the £24 million switch to Manchester United in the summer. After netting 30 league goals last term, Van Persie's job was to fire United to the Premier League title.
It's a job well done so far, with United sitting 12 points clear of closest rivals Manchester City and RVP's 19 league goals have contributed to this. The most important was arguably his 90th minute free kick at the Etihad to give United a 3-2 victory and he has won more points (21) for his team than any other player in the Premier League. However, he is not just a phenomenal goal-scorer. Oh no, RVP also has 8 assists to his name this season.
It's no secret that the transfer market is over-inflated; but every so often a bargain comes along and there has been no bigger bargain in recent years than Michu. Signed from Rayo Vallecano for just £2.2 million, he has been an instant hit in South Wales.
The classy forward has already won the Capital One Cup and scored at Wembley this year, but it is his league form that has attracted much attention. With 15 goals in the Premier League already, he has scored more than Wayne Rooney, Sergio Aguero and Fernando Torres. Having recently extended his contract with Swansea, there's no doubt that Michu can go on to become a legend for the club.
The PFA player of the year award isn't all about goals, it's about defending too. However, it certainly helps when you can do both. Leigton Baines has transformed his game to the next level this term, making a serious case to be the best full back in the country.
On his 100th England cap, Ashley Cole was snubbed from the match day programme in favour of Baines. Having notched five goals and set up four for his teammates, Baines is indispensible to Everton. His willingness to attack combined with his dead-ball ability and his tireless effort make him a viable contender for the prestigious award.
Arguably the best player in the first half of the season, Juan Mata has impressed everybody this term. He is the traditional number 10, slotting in just behind the striker, scoring as well as creating goals.
He has 10 league strikers and 10 leagues assists so far to his name. He is a magician on the pitch; small but technically outstanding, with excellent control and sharp vision. Mata has personally excelled in what has been an underwhelming season for the Blues and is arguably Chelsea’s main man.
Currently the league's leading talisman with 22 goals to his name. Luis Suarez has adapted himself from a scorer of great goals to a great goal-scorer.
He is now the main man at Anfield and seems to impress more every week. His acceleration and dazzling feet have helped him notch two hat-tricks away from home already this season. His ability to score goals with both feet and with his head, combined with his relentless work rate, has made him a leading candidate for the award.
The tricky Uruguayan often divides opinion following a few off the ball incidents. His greatest challenge to the award will ultimately be himself, with many fans wondering whether his fellow players will vote for him due to his recent behaviour.
Currently the front-runner for the prize is Tottenham's star man Gareth Bale. His recent breathtaking performances and new haircut has inevitably generated comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Bale's main asset is his explosive speed, which has made him one of the most feared left-wingers in Europe. This season under AVB he has been allowed more freedom to come inside and it has paid off - the Welshman has 11 goals in his last 10 games.
How do you stop him? He has the capability to pick the ball up in his own half, take on four or five defenders, and stick it in the top corner. Can anybody stop the 23-year-old becoming PFA player of the year?
Who do you think should be crowned PFA player of the year? Have we missed anybody of the list? Tell us in the comments below.
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