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Friday 19 April 2013

Carrick included on PFA Player of the Year shortlist

Carrick, Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez among six players up for player of the year

Gareth Bale is on the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year award shortlist

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has been included on the shortlist for the Professional Football Association's Player of the Year Award.

The England international's performances in midfield have helped United establish a 13-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League standings.

Also in contention for the award that was won by Robin van Persie last season are Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale, Manchester United striker Van Persie, Chelsea playmakers Juan Mata and Eden Hazard and Liverpool forward Luis Suarez.

Bale, 23, and Hazard, 22, have also both made it on to the Young Player of the Year shortlist, which includes Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, West Bromwich Albion’s Romelu Lukaku, Danny Welbeck of Manchester United and Arsenal's Jack Wilshere.

Player of the Year shortlist

Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
Age: 23
2012/13 Barclays Premier League appearances: 27
2012/13 Barclays Premier League goals: 17

Michael Carrick (Manchester United)
Age: 31
2012/13 Barclays Premier League appearances: 32
2012/13 Barclays Premier League goals: 1

Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Age: 22
2012/13 Barclays Premier League appearances: 30
2012/13 Barclays Premier League goals: 8

Juan Mata (Chelsea)
Age: 24
2012/13 Barclays Premier League appearances: 29
2012/13 Barclays Premier League goals: 10

Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
Age: 26
2012/13 Barclays Premier League appearances: 32
2012/13 Barclays Premier League goals: 22

Robin van Persie (Manchester United)
Age: 29
2012/13 Barclays Premier League appearances: 33
2012/13 Barclays Premier League goals: 21

Young Player of the Year shortlist

Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
Age: 23
2012/13 Barclays Premier League appearances: 27
2012/13 Barclays Premier League goals: 17

Christian Benteke (Aston Villa)
Age: 22
2012/13 Barclays Premier League appearances: 30
2012/13 Barclays Premier League goals: 15

Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Age: 22
2012/13 Barclays Premier League appearances: 30
2012/13 Barclays Premier League goals: 8

Romelu Lukaku (West Brom)
Age: 19
2012/13 Barclays Premier League appearances: 29
2012/13 Barclays Premier League goals: 13

Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)
Age: 22
2012/13 Barclays Premier League appearances: 25
2012/13 Barclays Premier League goals: 1

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Age: 21
2012/13 Barclays Premier League appearances: 20
2012/13 Barclays Premier League goals: 0

Key Points

  • Michael Carrick included on PFA Player of the Year shortlist
  • Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Robin van Persie also on list
  • Bale and Hazard also Young Player of the Year shortlist