Saturday, July 21, 2018

Who really deserved to win the PFA awards?

Tottenham winger Gareth Bale has won the PFA Player of the Year and Jack Wilshere won the Young Player of the Year.

I don’t think many people could question the decision to award Wilshere the young player award but the decision to give Bale the Player of the Year has divided opinion amongst journalists and fans alike.

I don’t actually think that the Tottenham star deserved to win the award.

Don’t get me wrong I have nothing against the Welshman he is a superb promising young footballer who will only get better will more games.

I just don’t think he has been consistent enough over the last year to claim the award

Anyway the PFA have had their say on their players of the season and it is now my turn. The David Nugent Player of the Year awards if you like! I will add an extra award as well as the big two, so here goes.

Player of the Year

Scott Parker (West Ham)

This guy doesn’t play for one of the top six clubs but he has been superbly consistent this season. What’s more he has been superb in a team struggling at the bottom of the Premier League table. If it wasn’t for Scott Parker then the Hammers probably would have already been preparing for life in the Championship next season.

His form has been so good this season that he suddenly finds himself in the England side. For me he would certainly be a better option in the centre of midfield for the national side than Manchester City’s Gareth Barry. The 30 year-old is finally being appreciated for the player he is.

Young Player of the Year

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

I couldn’t really argue with the choice of Jack Wilshere as Young Player of the Year. In his first full season as a Premier League player he has shown just how much potential he really has. He has also broken into the England midfield and challenged the established central midfielders.

This will probably not be the last award that the 19 year-old will win and I’m sure he will go on to have a glittering career at the top level.

Newcomer of the Year

Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez (Manchester United)

The little Mexican was slightly unlucky to miss out on the Young Player of the Year award. When Manchester United agreed to sign the 22 year-old last summer most Premier League fans said ‘Javier who?’.

Then the youngster played for his country in the World Cup and showed some of his potential. However it wasn’t until he pulled on a United shirt that his true quality was revealed. Chicharito has been a revelation for the Red Devils in his first season in the English top flight.

The Mexican international has fired home 18 goals for United in all competitions and his pace has added an extra dimension to United’s attack. Sir Alex Ferguson has produced some bargains in his time but this lad could be right up there with the best.  He also has to be the bargain buy of the season.


I hope the likes of Charlie Adam, Scott Parker and Leighton Baines get an acknowledgement in the journalist’s award later this year because they have all had brilliantly consistent seasons.

I do doubt however that the likes of these players will even get a mention in the nominations just because they don’t play for one of the top five clubs. Surely press journalists are not as short-sighted as just looking at players at the top five clubs? (slightly hypocritical I know) Or maybe they are!

Did Gareth Bale deserve the PFA Player of the year award?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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Chelsea FC Fan
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Well done Dave…I particularly like the Scotty Parker pick…probably the most underrated player in the EPL…I love his work ethic, he never seems to give up, he distributes the ball so well and is involved in everything on the pitch. Chicharito – Born champ…I love this kid. He’s great for the game and will be great for any team he plays for…what a steal he was for Man U. For young Jack, it’s pretty obvious…no other young player has quite made an impression this kid has…he plays with a slight glow of brilliance that will soon shine when he gets… Read more »

giggs, evra, vidic has been superb nasri, van persie, kompany. but i think bale are the right choise

Chelsea FC Fan
Chelsea FC Fan

I am hoping for the best as Chelsea build around Torres…I think he is intelligent and highly skillful, but I don’t trust that he will play as much as we like (due to injury) and he doesn’t seem to put in the grind like Suarez does and doesn’t have a physical presence like Carroll…I don’t know what it is that gives Roman the fuzzy feelings over Torres, but I hope the rich-guy knows what he’s doing. I would have taken Suarez and Carroll any day over Torres.

David, I didn’t know who Chicharito was either, until he scored with his face that is. . . . but he has been a real revelation. Imagine this. . . Rooney gets back to the performances of last season, Berbatov keeps scoring like he has this season, and Hernandez only ever keeps getting better. Which goalkeepers in the EPL can we think of who would like their odds against those 3 every time they play United? Gareth Bale is the new Ryan Giggs, scaled down a bit. I love watching this guy, but I don’t think he should’ve won POY… Read more »
Indeed. We need a new top keeper (perhaps Tim Howard can make a return to Old Trafford? Me and many others think Fergie gave up on him too early) and we’re gonna have to find sufficient replacements for Giggs, Scholes, and the like, as they both won’t be playing much longer and I don’t like the idea of making do with Anderson, Carrick, and others like them when we have the money to go out and buy a world class MF. . . . And I just had a thought on two people we could buy, Landon Donovan and Clint… Read more »

Are you American by any chance Brad? lol

I think someone like Joann Gourcuff of Riccardo Montolivo would be idea signings for United, give some creativity to the lacklustre midfield


I think chicharito deserve this award.he has try to show that he is a young player who have the talent.he singlely take man utd to leave the primiere league title.please he deserve the award.


although he realy worth the price he is a good player and a good midfielder.

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