London, Apr 17(ANI): Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie has emerged as the top contender for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award.
The six-man shortlist for the top award, which will be announced at the PFA dinner on Sunday night, also includes Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, Manchester City trio of David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Joe Hart along with last year’s Football Writers’ Player of the Year Scott Parker.
Aguero is also nominated for the Young Player of the Year award alongside Spurs winger Gareth Bale who won the senior award last year.
Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge, United front man Danny Welbeck and Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker complete the Young Player list.
PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has lauded Van Persie’s consistent performances this season, as he has single-handedly taken Arsenal from the bottom half of the table to the top four.
He has been amazing. When you think of the players Arsene Wenger has brought to the club – he came from Feyenoord for 2.75million pounds. That is incredible really,” The Sun quoted Taylor, as saying.
“When you think of Dennis Bergkamp, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Marco van Basten – he is in that mould of absolutely top-class strikers that Holland, quite phenomenally, manages to produce,” he added.
“You could pick half a dozen of his goals out for goal of the season. Arsenal was struggling for some time but he was a real talisman for them. He seems to have lifted the team and got them back believing in themselves again and looking to qualify for the Champions League, giving all the Arsenal fans some hope,” he said. (ANI)