What a difference a year makes. At this time last season, Luis Suarez was public enemy number one in England as he was given a hefty 10-game suspension after biting Branislav Ivanovic’s arm.
Now, a mere 12 months later, he is arguably the best striker in the Premier League and probably even Europe. He has propelled Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title in 24 years. And this was the very same man who was on the verge of leaving the club before manager Brendan Rodgers forced him to stay with the Reds.
It has become somewhat of a fairytale story for the Uruguayan, who despite missing the opening six games of the season, has scored a staggering 30 goals and contributed to 21 assists in just 30 games.
As such, the all-new-and-improved Suarez has convinced Goal Singapore readers that he is worthy of the PFA Player of the Year award, with more than half of them voting for him. To be exact, 56.7% of readers felt he should be the undisputed winner.
At a distant second place, Steven Gerrard garnered 17.3% of the votes as his all-rounded performances as captain of Liverpool has been a key factor in his side’s unlikely yet irresistible race to the pinnacle of English football.
10.6% readers felt that Eden Hazard should be nominated to be the Player of the Year after his stirring performances for Chelsea, while 9.1% believe Yaya Toure deserves the award.
Southampton captain Adam Lallana, nominated for his impressive performances for his side, garnered only 4.3% of the votes while Daniel Sturridge completed a hat-trick of nominees for Liverpool, even though he garnered only 1.9% of votes.