Gareth Bale wins PFA Player of the Year double
Premier League: Tottenham star Gareth Bale becomes only the third player to win both awards in the same season
Gareth Bale has won the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards.
When he was a hugely sought-after youngster at Southampton, the interest which he attracted from some of England's biggest teams meant that he would be a household name at some point in his career.
And it is a case of sooner rather than later for Bale, who has been simply fantastic yet again for Tottenham, propelling them into the Champions League battle almost all on his own.
And his superb season was rewarded on Sunday evening when he became just the third player to be awarded with both the PFA Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year awards.
With another highly entertaining Premier League season coming to a close, attentions turned to the annual awards on Sunday night. With opposition such as top goalscorer Robin van Persie and Liverpool hero Luis Suarez, many people could be excused for thinking that Bale would finish behind either of these, if not both.
Van Perise has been sensational for Manchester United, and his first-half hat-trick against Aston Villa last Monday secured Manchester United the title yet again, making it number 20 for the club.
And Suarez has been on great goalscoring form as well, answering many critics in the process, myself included. This was until the incident with Branislav Ivanovic, which saw Suarez bite the Chelsea defender and receive a 10-match ban from the FA.
Up until this bizarre incident, Suarez had upped his game this season, stayed on his feet more often, and was challenging Van Persie for the Golden Boot. The jeers which he received at the awards show all to well the feelings towards Suarez for his actions, and it remains to be seen if he will play again in the Premier League.
But instead, it has been Bale who has caught many eyes this season. To beat these two fantastic strikers to the prize shows just how big an impact he has had in the Premier League this season. With some blistering runs into the box, rounded off with some cool finishes, Bale has also scored a fair few screamers that fans in England know him for all to well. His performance against Manchester United at Old Trafford, helping Spurs to a 3-2 victory, summed up Bale all to well.
And to add to the prestigious award, Bale was also named as Young Player of the Year. With strong contenders in there such as Romelu Lukaku, who has been a huge hit at West Brom on his season long loan, and Premier League new boys Eden Hazard and Chrisitan Benteke of Chelsea and Aston Villa respectively, Hazard has shown just why Chelsea paid over £30m for him and battled off stiff competition for him, whereas Benteke arrived as a huge £7m gamble for Paul Lambert and Aston Villa, but a gamble that could well keep them in the Premier League.
All three of these players were in strong contention considering their impact for their first season, but they were all pipped by the inspiring Bale to the award.
There is no doubting that Bale has been a huge influence on the Spurs side and their challenge for Champions League football. And despite his modesty at the awards, many will still see him as the real reason Spurs are where they are currently. The appointment of Andre Villas-Boas has been a success as well and how he has alternated Bale in his squad has paid dividends.
As for Bale, his stock will have risen once again with this double awards, and becoming only the third player to scoop both awards in one season will mean the likes of Real Madrid will be knocking come the summer transfer window.
The last player to win both awards in the same season was Cristiano Ronaldo back in 2006/2007 - and look at what he has become since.
Bale can only improve, and he will be chomping at the bit to continue his form next season - wherever he may be playing.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://bit.ly/12nAsNY
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeFootball Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeFootball.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeFootball.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.