As Arsenal ended 2011-12 season in third place, star striker Robin van Persie was given the PFA player of the year award. And at Manchester United this season, the Dutchman is again in line to be given the prestigious honour.
He has carried his excellent form from last term where he netted 36 goals, into the current season and is fully justifying his £24 million price tag.
Currently the top scorer in the Premier League, Van Persie is excelling with United under the stewardship of Sir Alex Ferguson who, after watching rivals Manchester City pip his side to the title last season, secured the signing of the Flying Dutchman.
United may have score goals without the star as they have players like Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez waiting in the wings, but it's not just the goals that the addition of Van Persie has added.
His attitude, charisma and confidence have lifted those around him, taking his side to a new level. His level of maturity has put United on top and improved their chances of bringing silverware back to Old Trafford.
Behind Van Persie in the pecking order is Gareth Bale, who has enjoyed a breath-taking season with Tottenham so far. The Welsh international has stepped up his game and is the main threat to Van Persie’s crown. His double at Upton Park on Monday night further enforced the talent of the wing wizard, but it may not be enough to displace United’s number 20 at the end of season awards.
Another man in the running is Michu, the Spanish sensation has taken Swansea by storm this season. A bargain fee of £2million, the relatively unknown striker joined from Rayo Vallecano in the summer and his impact has been impressive to say the least.
The 26 year old has scored 15 goals in his debut season which has culminated in the recent Capital One Cup final victory over Bradford City at Wembley stadium. Although considered an outsider for the award, Michu is definitely in the running after some sparkling displays at the Liberty Stadium.
Juan Mata and Luis Suarez are not to be forgotten, with the Chelsea star wrestling the limelight from summer recruit Eden Hazard to become one of the stand out performer’s at Stamford Bridge this season.
While Suarez has again taken on the mantle of Liverpool’s chief provider. With 18 goals in the league so far, the Uruguayan has led the line for the Reds, and with the addition of Daniel Sturridge alongside him, the hotshot could be provided with the ammunition to fire his way to the PFA award.
Who do you think will win the PFA player of the year award 2012-13?
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