Who will be the PFA Player of the Year?

by Ifreke Inyang

Charlie Adam’s brilliant debut season in the Barclays Premier League was given the ultimate seal of approval by his peers after he was voted onto the six-man shortlist for PFA Player of the Year. The Blackpool midfielder, whose goalscoring exploits have given Ian Holloway’s side a real chance of beating the drop, is a serious contender to win the prestigious award, which will be announced at a gala dinner on Sunday, April 17.

Adams five rivals are Tottenham’s Gareth Bale, West Ham’s Scott Parker, Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri, Carlos Tevez, who has been the driving force behind Manchester City’s bid to qualify for the Champions League, and Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic.

United have provided the PFA Player of the Year for the past four years – Cristiano Ronaldo (2007 and 2008) was followed by Ryan Giggs then, 12 months ago, Wayne Rooney – and Vidic will be hoping to uphold Old Trafford’s recent tradition.

It is the nomination of Adam that really captures the imagination. At the start of the campaign, it would have taken a leap of faith to envisage any Blackpool player being considered consistent enough to share exalted company. But the Scotland international’s form has demanded views be reassessed and his stylish performances have had scouts flocking to Bloomfield Road – he was the subject of bids from Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa during the January transfer window. Adam, 25, is valued in the region of £12million by Blackpool after scoring 10 goals in 29 appearances in all competitions. His elegant passing has won him an army of admirers.

The same is also true of Spurs winger Bale and he has a serious chance of becoming the third man since the inception of the awards in 1974 to be named both the Player and Young Player of the Year.

PFA Player of the Year Nominees
Samir Nasri (Arsenal)
Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspurs)
Charlie Adam (Blackpool)
Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United)
Carlos Tevez (Manchester City)
Scott Parker (West Ham)

PFA Young Player of the Year Nominees

Joe Hart (Manchester City)
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspurs)
Samir Nasri (Arsenal)
Nani (Manchester United)
Seamus Coleman (Everton)

Who do you think will win in these categories?

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