Player of Year stars named
The nominations have been revealed for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award with six stars vying for the top prize.
Last Updated: 11/04/08 2:36pm
The nominations have been revealed for this season's PFA Players' Player of the Year award with six star names vying for the top prize.
Last year's winner Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the nominees along with Arsenal duo Cesc Fabregas and Emmanuel Adebayor. The trio are also in the running for the Young Player of the Year prize.
The three are joined by Liverpool pair Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres, the Spaniard making the list in his first Premier League season. Torres is also in the mix for the Young Player of the Year award.
The nominations for the main prize are completed by Portsmouth goalkeeper David James who has enjoyed a fine season during Pompey's run to the FA Cup final.
Alongside Torres, Fabregas and Ronaldo, Aston Villa pair Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ashley Young are up for the Young Player of the Year award. The six nominees are completed by Manchester City defender Micah Richards.
The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony on Sunday 27th April. You can also play your part by voting for who you think the players will choose as the PFA Players' Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year. Go to www.givemefootball.com to vote and you could be in with a chance of winning a signed framed shirt of the Players' Player and the Young Player. Alternatively you can vote via our skysports.com poll, although selections will not count towards the prize draw.
Below, skysports.com runs the rule over the nominees for the main prize alongside the views of PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor.
The Arsenal striker has more than filled the void left by Thierry Henry's departure and has weighed in with a hatful of goals. Chris Burton looks at the impact the Togolese has had at Emirates while Gordon Taylor reveals why he has been shortlisted.
The Spaniard has enjoyed a sensational first season in English football, notching 21 Premier League goals so far. Alex Dunn looks at the reasons behind 'El Nino's' success while Gordon Taylor reveals his credentials.
Last year's winner has been instrumental once again in Manchester United's surge to the top of the Premier League. Gordon Taylor gives the reasons why the Portuguese has been nominated while skysports.com's Mark Buckingham examines why Ronaldo has been in such outstanding form this term.
Arsenal's midfield dynamo has driven the Gunners forward on all fronts this season. James Dall looks at how Fabregas has grown up as the natural successor to Patrick Vieira with Gordon Taylor revealing the reason's behind the Spaniard's nomination.
The Portsmouth keeper has earned an England recall following an outstanding season. Gordon Taylor lists why James has been shortlisted while Rob Parrish puts the case for why the main award should go to the former Aston Villa shot-stopper.
Liverpool's captain fantastic has led the Reds to the brink of another UEFA Champions League final. Pete O'Rourke puts the case for Anfield's inspirational leader while Gordon Taylor explains why he has been nominated for the award.
YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR
As well as Ronaldo, Torres and Fabregas, three more players are in the running for the young player prize. Gordon Taylor gives his verdict on the contenders
He is such a direct player with pace to burn and, whilst he can lead the line, he will gallop onto through balls all day long. He has made great progress and, for the sake of club and country, we hope he continues to develop.
A fantastic player, Micah is a magnificent young man with natural ability and athleticism. Progressed to international level at a very young age and he will be a regular fixture in the England team for years to come.
Like Gabby Agbonlahor, Ashley is benefiting from working under such a good manager in Martin O'Neill whose decision to splash out £10million might have been viewed as a gamble at the time. In fact, it was a very shrewd piece of business.