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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Should Wilshere win the PFA Young Player of the Year award?

The PFA Player of the Year award seems to be a bit up in the air at the moment in terms of who will win, but it is surely just a two horse race between the young talent at Arsenal and at Spurs, with Jack Wilshere and Gareth Bale looking likely to fight it out to win the coveted trophy.

Although Bale is the current favourite, it is perhaps an unfair status since his best displays have come in the Champions League this season, with the Welshman shining amid some of the best players in world football and on some of the biggest stages European football has to offer. Compare this to the precocious talent of young Wilshere, who has had a far more consistent and impressive season for the Gunners in the Premier League, with his level of mature consistency and subtle contributions to Arsenal's title ambitions surely more impressive than the efforts of Bale, who has for all his undoubted ability spent a fair chunk of the season watching from the sidelines injured, while transfer rumours about his future circulated.

Despite this, football in England very rarely seems to reward players who put in hugely impressive displays but aren't necessarily the source of those eye-catching moments that make the highlight reels on Match of the Day and the football betting tips indicate Bale will still bag the award.

With this in mind, it might be fair to suggest that while Wilshere might be the right man for the PFA Young Player of the Year award, the chances are that unless he can fire a stunning strike in against a top side, he doesn't really stand much of a chance of ending up winning an award that his fantastic performances for Arsenal this season deserve. With Bale likely to win in the short term, it is up to Wilshere to show that he can be the winner in the long term.

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