PFA Player of the Year award: The best of the rest
We cast an eye over the Premier League stars overlooked for the PFA Player of the Year award
After Tottenham winger Gareth Bale scooped the PFA Player of the Year award on Sunday, we have a look at five Premier League stars who were unlucky to be ignored for this season’s shortlist.
1) Edwin van der Sar, Manchester United
The Manchester United goalkeeper has enjoyed a consistent season as his distinguished career draws to a close.
Sir Alex Ferguson has been forced to shuffle his defence on numerous occasions this term, yet Van der Sar has remained a reassuring presence throughout.
The 39-year-old has kept 12 clean sheets this season, placing him amongst the very best keepers in the Premier League.
2) David Luiz, Chelsea
Since signing for Chelsea from Benfica for €25m in January, Brazilian the centre-half has made an immediate impact at Stamford Bridge.
Luiz, 23, has already showcased his ability to bring the ball forward from defence and he became a crowd favourite when he struck Chelsea’s winner against Manchester United in their top flight clash.
He has since added another strike to his tally against Manchester City and was crowned the Barclays Premier League Player of the Month for March.
3) Raul Meireles, Liverpool
Signed by former Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson from Porto for £11.5m, the Portugal midfielder had initially struggled to find his feet after arriving on Merseyside.
But the appointment of Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool boss has transformed the 28-year-old into an indispensible figure at the heart of the Reds’ midfield in the absence of injured captain Steven Gerrard.
Meireles has racked up a tally of five goals and five assists, with his most memorable strike a stunning long-range volley in the 3-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
4) Nani, Manchester United
The Manchester United winger has finally begun to carve his own legacy at Old Trafford with a return of nine goals and 14 assists in the league this season.
The 24-year-old Portugal international has added an end product to his flamboyant style of play and his inspired form has gone at least some way to filling that void left by Cristiano Ronaldo.
He was named in the PFA Premier League team of the year but was beaten to the Young Player of the Year award by Arsenal teenager Jack Wilshere.
5) Vincent Kompany, Manchester City
While Manchester City have relied heavily on Carlos Tevez up front, Vincent Kompany has marshalled the back four with outstanding authority.
Kompany -also adept in a midfield holding role -has excelled this season, consistently leading by example and playing a vital part in the third sturdiest defence in the league.
The 25-year-old Belgium international captained City to a memorable 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final and was named in the Premier League PFA Team of the Year on Sunday.