As football fans expect the winner of this year’s award to be named in few days time, here is a special on who is likely to be named the Professional Football Association’s best
With the nominees for this glamorous diadem pruned to six, online bookies Ladbrokes have given punters a chance to get a value on their bet on who becomes the 41st PFA Player of the Year.
Standing tall to win this award is Tottenham Hotspur’s player, Gareth Bale who has combined the role of a striker with his defensive duties effectively. The Welsh has been phenomenal this term scoring 29 goals in all competitions and is favorites with Ladbrokes at 1/5 (1.2) to reclaim the award he won two seasons back. He has also been short listed for the Young PFA Player of the year award. And should he scoop both, he follows the footstep of Andy Gray who became the first footballer to win both awards in a season.
Current holder, Robbie Van Persie is a 7/1 (8.00) bet to defend his crown again. Though the Dutchman has been in fine form for Manchester United since he crossed from the Emirates to Old Trafford, the fleet footed will bank on his current goal scoring form to win this award for the second year in succession not minding his ten-match goalless spell.
Another man to who is a strong contender for this circlet is Luis Suarez who currently top the Premier League goal scorers chart. Not minding the Uruguayan striker's tagged as “Mr Trouble” no thanks to the eight-match ban he received for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra, he shares similar odd as Van Persie at 7/1 (8.00).
Manchester United’s old war horse, Michael Carrick who incidentally is the oldest nominee will be looking forward to follow the footsteps of teammates Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney who were once bestowed with this honour few seasons ago. The defence trogan is available at 40/1 (41.00) to be named the 41st PFA best player.
For Juan Mata who has been the live wire of the Roman Army banging in 18 goals plus topping the EPL assist log, will be hoping to become the first Spaniard to win this coveted award, he is a 50/1 (51.00) shot with the same bookie.
Eden Hazard is at long odds of 66/1 (67.00) to become winner in his first season in English football. Well, this could be a wayward choice for punters who thinks the 22 years old Belgian who has an instant hit at the Bridge to be crowned
The winners will be announced on April 28.