Rooney favourite for PFA award
The Manchester United star has enjoyed an outstanding season, even
if it appears his success at club level will be limited to the
Carling Cup. Rooney has scored 34 goals for United this term and
has catapulted himself among the true world-class talents. If
Rooney did win, it would be the fourth time on the trot a member of
the Old Trafford camp had received the accolade, following on from
Ryan Giggs last year, and Cristiano Ronaldo, who was player of the
year in the two seasons before that. Rooney does have some
competition, although the usual six-man shortlist has been trimmed
to four. Like Rooney, Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas has been
selected for both the main award, and the young player of the year
prize. Although he has been sidelined for the rest of the season by
injury, Fabregas held together a Gunners’ title challenge that
twice seemed to have collapsed before Tottenham almost certainly
snuffed it out last night. As champions-elect, Chelsea were bound
to have a representative, and while he might not have hit the
heights as consistently as in other years, Didier Drogba’s goals
ensured the Stamford Bridge outfit came through their rocky patch
and are now in line to become only the seventh team to land the
domestic double. Manchester City’s emergence as a Premier League
force is also confirmed by the presence of Carlos Tevez, who has
been such a pivotal figure for the Blues since his controversial
summer move from neighbours United. City also have a representative
for the young player prize, although in Joe Hart’s case that has
only happened following a successful loan move to Birmingham. Aston
Villa’s James Milner is the fourth name on that list, testament to
his outstanding form for Martin O’Neill’s men, which seems certain
to earn him a place in Fabio Capello’s England World Cup squad.
PFA Players’ Player of the Year nominees
Carlos Tevez The 2009/10 season was destined to be a crucial
year for Tevez from the moment he made his high-profile summer
switch from champions Manchester United to Manchester City. He has
Cesc Fabregas The classy midfielder has been at the hub of
Arsenal’s quest for glory at home and abroad this season with the
Gunners refusing to be written out of the title equation.
Didier Drogba It has been another season to remember for
Chelsea striker Drogba as he and his team-mates have closed in on a
first Premier League title since 2006.
Wayne Rooney Rooney has enjoyed a breathtaking season for
Manchester United which all England fans are praying will continue
during this summer’s World Cup.
PFA Young Player of the Year nominees
Cesc Fabregas The Spain international is the perfect leader
for Arsene Wenger’s version of the beautiful game in North London,
delivering creativity, goals and drive to inspire those around him
at Emirates Stadium.
James Milner The words of Fabio Capello at the end of March
tell you almost all you need to know about Aston Villa’s Milner.
England’s manager said: “This year our most improved player is
Joe Hart Birmingham were tipped as potential relegation
candidates at the start of the season but Hart has played a major
role in helping the Blues establish themselves in the top half on
their return to the Premier League.
Wayne Rooney At the time of his nomination for the PFA
awards, Rooney has bagged an astonishing 34 goals in all
competitions for the Red Devils in the most prolific season of his