The Players Footballers Association Player of the Year awards is an award chosen by the players, for the players. 

The idea is that if you were consistent enough, your teammates will recognise this from playing alongside you all season, and so will the opposition players from failure to stop you doing whatever it is that you do best. 

Each of the six players nominated deserved recognition for their fine form this season but only one can write themselves in to the history books and be declared the winner.

We run the rule over the candidates to see who is likely to take home the prize. 

Eden Hazard

The man who had the choice between Manchester City, Manchester United, and Chelsea. Not many players are so sought after. And after the Belgian chose to join the reigning European Champions, he showed the two Manchester clubs just what they missed out on, with a string of goals, assists and Man of the Match awards at the start of the season. 

Despite a dip in form around mid-season, he's been back to his impressive self again as of late, and with nine goals and nine assists at the time of writing, he's had a good maiden season at Chelsea. 

Verdict: Outsider

Gareth Bale

To think Gareth Bale was once a full-back is almost laughable. He's been the focal point of Tottenham Hotspur's attack this season, and has led the team's charge for a top four finish from the front. Currently 3rd in the race for the golden boot, with an impressive 18 goals (he's a winger, don't forget!), the Welshman has been in prolific form this season. 

If Spurs do indeed clinch a Champions League place, it'll be largely down to the marauding winger's goal scoring exploits this season, with him already being compared to Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Verdict: Serious contender

Michael Carrick

Michael Carrick has never recevied much recognition in his deep-lying midfield role at Manchester United. But the former Tottenham Hotspur man has been crucial to the Red Devils' record-breaking season. Always quietly effective, and very efficient, he stops attacks with his superb reading of the game, and his calmness and composure on the ball has been a joy to watch all season. Carrick finally gets the recognition he so richly deserves with a place on the PFA Player of the Year shortlist. 

Verdict: Outsider

Juan Mata

Top of the assists pile with 12 league assists lies Juan Mata. From Valencia's famed academy, the Spanish playmaker has been in scintillating form this season and his vision and chance creation have been a joy to watch. 

With an eye for goal, and a left foot that was made to take free kicks, this pint sized bearded Spaniard is the real star of the Chelsea team. He finds himself in little pockets of space where he can pick up the ball and be a real threat to the opposition defence. He can pass, shoot, cross, or beat defenders. He really is the complete attacking midfielder. 

Verdict: Contender 

Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez is not the most likeable character in football. But fortunately for him, football is not about personality. Currently second in the top scorer charts in the league with a superb 23 goals, he's the first Liverpool striker to notch 30 goals in all competitions since Fernando Torres. 

The free-scoring Uruguayan has enjoyed by far his best season yet at Liverpool, and has consistently scored goals in a sometimes-average Liverpool side. And although controversy seems to follow Suarez wherever he is, there is no doubting what a fantastic individual talent he is. 

Verdict: Serious contender 

Robin van Persie

And last but certainly not least, Robin van Persie. After his £24 million summer transfer to Manchester United, Robin van Persie took the number 20 shirt as he said he wanted to help Manchester United to win their 20th league title. 

Well, he wasn't lying. He has been the star of the Manchester United team this season as they try to wrestle the title back from bitter rivals Manchester City. With 24 goals this season, the Dutchman has had another amazing run of form for United. Although he had a 10 game goal drought towards the final third of the season, his goals in the first half of the season effectively won the title for Manchester United, scoring winning goals against the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, and former club Arsenal. 

The Red Devils weren't a one man team though, quite the contrary in fact, they set a record for the highest number of different scorers this season. But the former Arsenal man's goals were the main reason Manchester United had such a devastatingly effective domestic season. 

Could the Dutchman be the first player since Cristiano Ronaldo to win the PFA Player of the Year award twice in a row? 

Verdict: Serious contender

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