Premier League Team of the Year: Van der Sar (Man Utd); Sagna (Arsenal), Vidic (Man Utd), Kompany (Man City), Cole (Chelsea); Nani (Man Utd), Nasri (Arsenal), Wilshere (Arsenal), Bale (Tottenham); Tevez (Man City), Berbatov (Man Utd).
There were no shocking decisions this year as 4 United players made the list of the top players in the Premier League. Meanwhile, Arsenal had 3 chosen while the judge panel only picked 2 from Manchester City. Chelsea and Tottenham were both on the list with one player each; Ashley Cole and Gareth Bale respectively. Everton’s Leighton Baines and Blackpool’s Charlie Adam will feel hard done after not being chosen.
PFA Young Player of the Year: Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
In an interview following the awards ceremony, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere explained to the press why he feels this is his greatest achievement to date and how he believes his hard work has truly paid off.
“It is my first full season and it is a massive award, especially from my fellow players,” Wilshere said after having been presented with the award.
“It is amazing. I am very proud to be the fifth recipient from Arsenal, it is good to keep this history going.
“Arsenal is a good club for bringing youngsters through and they keep proving it so I would like to thank the manager as well.
“I am a bit surprised. I always knew I could do but still it was a surprise how early it came.
“I am delighted just to be in the team to win an award, so I have to keep it up now and hopefully we can win something this year.”
PFA Player of the Year: Gareth Bale (Tottenham)
“I am more than delighted really,” said Bale. “It is a massive award and it is a great honour to receive, especially from other fellow professionals.
“It is a honour really when you look at the names that have won it before and it just makes you go ‘wow’ really.
“There haven’t been too many Welshman to have won the trophy but it is great and it is great for me personally.
“And it is not just for me, it is for all my team-mates that have helped me through the season and it is kind of for everyone really.”
Gareth Bale began his career with Tottenham by losing every game he played in during his first year, but his latest season with the club has been very successful, with Bale playing a direct part in Tottenham’s recent rise in performances. However, the 21 year old doesn’t know why this sudden increase in his ability happened, or what caused it.
“I think it is due to a bit of everything really,” he added.
“At the beginning I wasn’t really playing much and I always believed in myself that if I did get a run in the team – which I eventually did – that I would be able to prove what I can do.
“That did happen and I kind of never really looked back from there.
“Playing in a good team with good players definitely helped me a lot and all the boys have been fantastic, the manager has been fantastic, giving me my chance, and it is something I want to improve on.”