As the season comes to a close the football award season kicks into gear with the PFA and Football Writer’s Award bashes on the horizon. First up is the Professional Football Award Player of the Year gala, to be held this Sunday in London with the favourite being Arsenal’s captain Robin Van Persie.
Heading a shortlist of six, the Dutchman has been flying this season with 34 goals in all competitions, reviving Arsenal’s early season slump with his goals helping to push the club in to third place. Also on the list are Manchester City’s Joe Hart, David Silva and Sergio Aguero, Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and Tottenham Hotspur’s Scott Parker.
…impressed fellow professionals…
It certainly looks as if Manchester City’s form for much of the season has impressed fellow professionals with three of their players making it into the list (sadly, it seems Yaya Toure has been overlooked). Hart has established himself as a fine goalkeeper, cementing his place as England’s No1 and playing in the meanest defence in the league (27 goals, one less than their rivals United). Silva has been instrumental in dictating City’s title tilt while Aguero has been influential in his first season in England, scoring 28 goals and dazzling fans with his intricate dribbling.
Rooney has, again, had another productive season for his club delivering 31 goals and steadily passing previous United greats as he makes his way up the goalscoring charts (with George Best’s total about to be passed). Scott Parker and his team may have found themselves foul of a slump in recent weeks, but their standard of football and results garnered had many considering them as potential title challengers.
…promising English players…
That’s not all though, with the PFA Young Person Award also due to be announced on Sunday: Tottenham’s Kyle Walker, Gareth Bale, City’s Aguero (nominated for both awards), United’s Danny Welbeck, Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Chelsea’s Danny Sturridge made the shortlist. In terms of showcasing British talent, the Young Person’s list is teeming with promising English players suggesting that the future is a little bit bright for the English Game.