It’s awards night today!! The PFA Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year will be announced tonight and so Into The Top Corner has a look at the nominees for both awards.
Robin van Persie
The Dutchman has been in scintillating form for the Gunners this year, carrying on his fine goalscoring record from the second half of last season into the new campaign to become Arsenal’s main, and at times only, attacking threat. A return of 27 goals in 34 Premier League appearances has long seen Van Persie cast as the frontrunner for the Player of the Year title, with the ex-Feyenoord man helping his side overcome a woeful start to the season and likely maintain their place amongst the top four.
The striker began the season at a blistering pace with a hat-trick in the 8-2 demolition of Arsenal at the start of the season, and aside from a lull throughout in October and November, the former Everton man has once again been at the forefront of Manchester United’s bid to retain their Premier League title. The 26-year-old’s double in the 3-3 comeback draw against Chelsea in February was a key moment in the Red Devils’ season, with Rooney continuing his form going into the home straight.
Following his £38 million switch from Atletico Madrid last summer, the Argentine did not take long to adapt to his new surroundings, scoring twice on his Premier League debut against Swansea City before grabbing his first hat-trick in English football just two games later against Wigan. Much like team-mate David Silva, the 23-year-old may not have been as prolific throughout the winter months, but has returned to form of late, scoring seven goals in his last five games.
A stalwart in a City side filled with expensive stars, Hart has continued to go from strength to strength under the pressure of this season’s title campaign, even if is his side look set to fall short. Already accepted as the best goalkeeper in the Premier League in many quarters due to a series of commanding performances which has seen him keep 14 clean sheets this season, the 24-year-old has the chance to prove any few remaining doubters wrong at Euro 2012 this summer with England.
Last season’s Football Writers’ Player of the Year has successfully replicated his performances for West Ham 12 months ago across London to Tottenham in this campaign, with the 31-year-old forming a solid partnership with Luka Modric in central midfield. Whilst Harry Redknapp’s side’s season looks on the verge of derailing, Parker has finally been rewarded with a permanent starting berth in the England set-up – and the captaincy in the recent friendly with the Netherlands – due to a string of impressive performances at White Hart Lane.
The Spaniard began the season with a bang as Manchester City romped to 34 points from their opening 12 games, with Silva’s superb dribbling and passing ability receiving rave reviews from pundits and fans alike. A return of six goals and 13 assists has seen the 26-year-old cast as a stand-out performer in a team brimming with talent, despite his dip in form just after the turn of the year which coincided with his side’s downturn in the Premier League.