Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale was selected by Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year. The award is voted on by the players.
The other nominees were Charlie Adam, Samir Nasri, Scott Parker, Carlos Tevez, Rafael van der Vaart and Nemanja Vidic.
While Bale sparkled–more so in Champion’s League play–TSG would have given a vote and the award to United’s Vidic, the perennial stalwart of United’s backline who balanced multiple partners in again providing shutdown defense.
The Premier League Team of the Year as selected was:
Goalie: Edwin Van Der Saar (Manchester United)
DEF: Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Ashley Cole (Chelsea)
MID: Nani (Manchester United), Samir Nasri (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
FW: Carlos Tevez (Manchester City), Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United)
• In this eat-crow segment, TSG probably would have went with Luka Modric, Charlie Adam or Scotty Parker over Jack Wilshere who came on late in the campaign but was not a different maker early. Sounds like a hometown pick there.
• Good to see Edwin Van Der Saar recognized as always, nobody marshals their defense better than the Dutchman.
• Odd that Berbatov is selected as Sir Alex Ferguson has acknowledged that Javier Hernandez has passed him on the depth chart. A case could be made for Peter Odemwingie in that spot–seriously.
• Wasn’t impressed by either of Sagna’s or Ashley Cole’s campaigns this year. Thankfully the overrated Patrice Evra was not the option. I would have went with Leighton Baines at one of the cornerback spots–great defense, solid free kicks and 11 assists to boot.