It’s that time of year again. The PFA Player of the Year shortlist has been announced, with Man City players leading the nominations. We’re here with all the fallout from the decision, and some of the controversial decisions regarding players who did not make the list. Below are the nominees:
Nominees for Professional Footballers’ Association Players’ Player of the Year award 2011-12: Sergio Aguero (Man City), Joe Hart (Man City), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), David Silva (Man City).
Nominees for Young Player of the Year award: Sergio Aguero (Man City), Gareth Bale (Tottenham), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Kyle Walker (Tottenham), Danny Welbeck (Man Utd).
Not many would deny that the players listed have had brilliant seasons. In the young player award, Gareth Bale will feel somewhat demoted having won the senior award last year, but he is still eligible for the award and will compete with Spurs teammate Kyle Walker, who has been exceptional since claiming his place in the first team, and rivals Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Danny Welbeck, who finds himself a regular at Man Utd. and Daniel Sturridge of Chelsea. Sergio Aguero makes up the list, and is nominated for both awards.
In the seniors, Aguero is joined by last year’s football writers player of the year Scott Parker, as well as the brilliant Robin Van Persie, who will surely be favourite due to his astonishing form. Wayne Rooney finds himself on the list after a strong season, but the list is controversially made up of only players from the top four of the league. Joe Hart has been exceptional, but perhaps doesn’t stand out compared to say Wojciech Szczesny or Tim Krul, who after a brilliant season finds himself left off the list. Newcastle team-mates Demba Ba, Cheik Tiote and Yohan Cabaye surely all had claims for a place on the list, but were ignored by the selectors.
In the lower reaches of the league, perhaps the likes of Clint Dempsey can feel aggrieved after 22 goals for Fulham didn’t do enough to get him on the list, and Leighton Baines didn’t make either list in spite of a great season at full back for Everton.
Since the decisions, there has been much talk of a top-club bias, which I would have to agree with I’m afraid. All I will say is that if Paul Scholes had played a full season in the form he is currently in, he would perhaps have won the coveted award in spectacular fashion.
What do you all think? Is there a big-club bias on the list? Who would you like to see nominated? Leave us a comment below.
The decision will be announced on Saturday Night.