Friday 19 April 2013

Carrick makes PFA Player of the Year shortlist

United midfielder, Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez on six-strong shortlist; Lukaku on Young Player list

  • 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 at the heart of a midfield that has helped United establish a 13-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League standings with five matches remaining has earned him the recognition of his peers.

Also in contention for the award that was won by Robin van Persie last season and which will be announced at a ceremony in London on 28 April 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

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