PFA Player of the Year nominees: The statistics

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The PFA Player of the Year nominations were released last week and it has caused quite a debate amongst the footballing world as some surprise names were included.

The six-man shortlist contains; Manchester United duo Michael Carrick and Robin van Persie, Chelsea duo Juan Mata and Eden Hazard, Tottenham star Gareth Bale and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.

A lot of the debates built-up were questioning the additions of Eden Hazard and Michael Carrick as a lot of people believed Swansea's Michu, Arsenal's Santi Cazorla and Everton's Leighton Baines should have been considered ahead of the two.

But those are the six that have been nominated and that is how it will stay, so lets look into the key statistics behind the player's season so far.

Gareth Bale
Appearances: 27; Minutes played: 2,384
Scoring | Goals: 17, Total shots: 108; Shooting accuracy: 55%; Shots-to-goal ratio: 16%
Passing | Assists: 3; Chances created (inc. assists): 65, Pass completion: 78%
Dribbling | Dribbles: 136; Dribble completion: 41%
Defending | Tackles: 24; Tackles won: 71%

Michael Carrick
Appearances: 32; Minutes played: 2,685
Scoring | Goals: 1; Total shots: 11; Shooting accuracy: 45%; Shots-to-goal ratio: 9%
Passing | Assists: 4; Chances created (inc. assists): 34; Pass completion: 88%
Dribbling | Dribbles: 15; Dribble completion: 53%
Defending | Tackles: 78; Tackles won: 72%

Juan Mata
Appearances: 29: Minutes played: 2,213
Scoring | Goals: 10; Total shots: 38; Shooting accuracy: 55%; Shots-to-goal ratio: 26%
Passing | Assists: 11; Chances created (inc. assists): 79; Pass completion: 85%
Dribbling | Dribbles: 49; Dribble completion: 39%
Defending | Tackles: 24; Tackles won: 54%

Robin Van Persie
Appearances: 33; Minutes played: 2,673
Scoring | Goals: 21; Shooting accuracy: 54%; Chance conversion: 20%
Passing | Assists: 8, Chances created (inc. assists): 61, Pass completion: 80%
Dribbling | Dribbles: 43; Dribble completion: 58%

Luis Suarez
Appearances: 32, Minutes played: 2,865
Scoring | Goals: 22; Shooting accuracy: 49%; Chance conversion: 16%
Passing | Assists: 4; Chances created (inc. assists): 88; Pass completion: 77%
Dribbling | Dribbles: 279; Dribble completion: 33%

Eden Hazard
Appearances: 30; Minutes played: 2,306
Scoring | Goals: 8; Total shots: 40; Shooting accuracy: 60%; Shots-to-goal ratio: 20%
Passing | Assists: 9; Chances created (inc. assists): 53; Pass completion: 85%
Dribbling | Dribbles: 127; Dribble completion: 42%
Defending | Tackles: 24; Tackles won: 79%

All statistics courtesy of Opta Sports.

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