Andre Villas-Boas backs ‘outstanding’ Gareth Bale for PFA award

Andre Villas-Boas says Gareth Bale has a "big chance" of scooping PFA player of the year award after impressive season for Tottenham

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Andre Villas-Boas's men host Manchester City on Sunday Photo: Back Page Images

Andre Villas-Boas believes the “outstanding” Gareth Bale is a serious contender for the PFA player of the year award after the Tottenham star was named on the six-man shortlist for the prize.

The 23-year-old winger is in the running for both the main accolade as well as the young player award after a stunning campaign for Spurs.

Bale has scored 21 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions for the north Londoners this season, including 17 strikes in 27 starts in the Premier League.

And Villas-Boas, whose Tottenham side host Manchester City on Sunday looking for a win to keep their bid for a top-four finish on track, believes the Southampton youth product would be a worthy winner.

“Gareth has had an outstanding year. I think he’s in with a big, big chance [of winning it] for what he has produced this season. We’ve seen some spectacular moments.

“It certainly has been a great, great season for Bale so I think he is a serious contender and all of us would be very happy if he was to win.”

Bale is up against Robin van Persie, Luis Suárez, Michael Carrick, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata for the PFA prize, with the winner set to be announced on 28 April.

Following his double nomination, Bale, who won the 2011 PFA award, wrote on Twitter: “Very proud to be nominated for two PFA awards alongside some excellent players. Thanks for all your supportive tweets!!”

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