PFA Player of the Year 2013
This entry was posted on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
Remember that time at Primary School where you all voted on who should be the milk monitor? Well, for today’s multi-million pound footballers, not much has changed as they sit in the corner, sucking their thumbs pondering who would best deserve their vote for the PFA Player of The Year.
If the bookies have got it right the battle is a three way battle between Welshman Gareth Bale, Man United’s main man Robin Van Persie and the much loved Luis Suarez. Every member of the PFA gets a vote around Spring time and the stars will gather for a swanky bash in a nice London hotel where they tell the media how great all the other nominees are.
The current holder is the Dutch striker, Van Persie, who has 19 Premier League goals so far this season and he’d be emulating just two other people if he were to win the award in consecutive years. Thierry Henry won it for 2002-03 and 2003-04 whilst Cristiano Ronaldo was successful in both 2006-07 and 2007-08. Only Alan Shearer has won the award for different clubs. Our feeling is that his form hasn’t been as spectacular as last season and given he’s been playing in a stronger team this time around and has scored just five of his league goals in 2013 we can’t see value at 3.9 on Betfair.
Luis Suarez is currently a 4/9 shot with Bet365 to be the Premier League top scorer (he’s currently scored 22) but even that might not be enough to win the award. Last matched at 7.8 on Betfair, the Uruguayan has not managed to shake off the accusations that he is fond of a dive in the penalty area and is known for winding up the opposition with dirty tricks. Whilst you could make a fair argument that he is the outstanding player this season, carrying a very mediocre Liverpool side, we can’t see how he’d get enough support to win the award.
That leaves us with the Welsh wizard that is Gareth Bale and we think he’s the likely winner. The Betfair market agrees with the Spurs player at 1.63 to repeat his 2010-11 success. The only negative that will be thrown at him is the amount of bookings he’s picked up this campaign for diving, but for the way he has improved this season and sheer number of goals he’s scored without being an out and out frontman (16) we can’t see how the likeable former Southampton man, won’t win the coveted award.