Southampton defender Jos Hooiveld has voted for Robin Van Persie for the Player’s Player of the year award.
Van Persie, Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale are believed to be the three top contenders for the coveted award to be dished out next month.
Suarez currently tops the Premier League scoring charts, having notched up 22 goals in 28 appearances, playing the pivotal role in Liverpool’s resurgence recently.
Not very far from the Uruguayan striker is United’s Van Persie with 19 Premier League goals.
The Flying Dutchman vindicated Sir Alex Fergusson’s decision of signing him in the summer window by firing the Red Devils at the top of the table with his sparkling form.
Bale has also got a strong case for the prize as it is mainly due to his efforts that the Spurs find themselves third in the table and having progressed into the last eight of the Europa League.
But the Saints Dutch defender revealed that he cast his vote in favour of compatriot Van Persie, as he feels that the 29 year-old-striker is the major reason behind United’s comfortable 12-point gap at the top of the table.
The Southampton centre-back said: "I voted today for Van Persie - I have not played against Suarez yet.
“Maybe I was a bit chauvinistic, as he [Van Persie] is Dutch. I can’t change the vote, even if Suarez scores a hat-trick.
“They have both done a great job. I think personal preference is key and I think Van Persie has been top so far and is at the top of the league.”
Hooiveld was in awe for Suarez’s ‘competitiveness’ on the field but feels that players will be reluctant to give their vote to him due to the controversies surrounding him.
He continued by saying: “I can understand why people don’t vote for Suarez as he divides opinion.
“I have followed him since he played for my local team, FC Groningen, in Holland. He has developed very well and is a complete player. I enjoy his competitiveness.
“I am not sure what he has to do to be a better player. He does very well. Suarez’s style of playing is not always the nicest. He is always a bit on the edge.
The Saints defender will get the opportunity to get a closer look at Suarez’s game as Liverpool visit Southampton in the Premier League today.
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