After the stoppage time in Arsenal and Liverpool’s game yesterday afternoon threatened to extend the proceedings into the early hours of the morning the gongs were handed out for the “popularity contest amongst your fellow pro’s.” The results were rather predictable as Gareth Bale picked up PFA Player of the Season and Jack WIlshere the Young Player of the Year in what is becoming farcical as each season goes by.
That’s not to take anything away from the Spurs’ winger as he had a season to remember in the league and Europe but there are players more deserving of the award. Simple as that. The nature of the award was plain to see that Manchester United winger Nani was nowhere to be seen on the shortlist for the main award.
The United player might have an extremely questionable personality but 18 assists and nine goals shouldn’t be completely ignored by his fellow pros. The next players on the list has 11 assists and as a winger Bale doesn’t even make the top 50.
The Young Player of the Year is more clear cut as Wilshere has been on top of his game with Javier Hernandez having “Chicharito” on the back of his Manchester United jersey enough to dismiss him from the running out of hand.
As the awards season ramps up as the title race comes to a conclusion, thankfully the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year is also there and up for grabs with the likely recipient not Bale. Smart money would have to be on someone from United picking up the award but should Blackpool’s Charlie Adam receive it no one would have much to complain about.