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Bale vs Suarez vs Van Persie

Apr 11, 2013, 6:41 AM EDT

Liverpool's Suarez hugs Tottenham Hotspur's Bale after their English Premier League soccer match in Liverpool

As this season’s Player of the Year awards approach at the end of this month, it is a straight battle between Tottenham’s Gareth Bale, Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie.

For all the brilliance of Juan Mata, Leighton Baines and Michu, the three offensive stars stand out from the crowd.

But who should win?

Up until Christmas, Van Persie was the main man without any doubt. He had scored an endless amount of goals, with many of them either winners or moments of genius. His run of form and influence on the United team between August and December will turn out to be the reason they win the league. Over the last few months, however, the goals have stopped for the Dutchman, who has now not scored in 10 games. He is far from playing badly, but he has lost the edge that made him so amazing earlier on in the campaign.

Bale’s season has been the opposite of Van Persie’s. He had a solid, if unspectacular, first half of it, but he has been a phenomenon in 2013. Countless times he has picked Spurs up on his own and inspired them to victory, with unstoppable pace and memorable winning goals. The awesome solo goal against Norwich; the long-range strikes against West Brom and West Ham; the crucial finish in the derby against Arsenal. That’s just a few great moments from the flying Welshman this season. His current injury has only helped highlight his importance to the team.

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Suarez has been sensational for Liverpool, and he is arguably the most unique, talented player in the Premier League right now. In comparison to Bale and Van Persie he has been the most consistent of the three- leading the scoring rankings with 22- but maybe hasn’t had an incredible spell of form like the other two. Where Liverpool might be without him is frightening, and his skill, work-rate and finishing are a joy to watch. His controversial personality will work against him when the winner of the prestigious award is announced, because it is voted for by their fellow professionals.

It’s certainly a difficult decision to choose between three such great players, and all of them would be worthy winners. For pure consistency and brilliance, however, Suarez should win it, but Bale will be the man who does.

  1. dfstell - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    I’m a United fan, so it gives me no joy to say this, but I think Suarez deserves it. When you play against Liverpool, he’s the guy that scares the crap out of you every time he gets the ball inside the penalty area. He might make a great skill move around his defender, he might get some defender to stick a foot in and draw a penalty, he might do a convincing dive for a penalty, he might do a TON of things. Plus, he’s not exactly useless when he drops into midfield either.

    • scoocha - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      I agree that Suarez has been the most consistent of the 3 and I know that Liverpool would be near relegation without him. Besides absolutely hating the tiny (insert any expletive here), I just can’t get over how he is left wide open all game long. Throughout the first half of the season he was basically a one-man team, just assign 1 man to him and Liverpool has no chance. He’s skillful, but so are many others who are left wide open all the time.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        You’re missing the point on Suarez entirely. Assign one man to him?! He’d have 70 goals if everyone did that. They all have 2 and 3 men trying to stop him.

        Half of his genius is that his off-ball movement is incredible, and he never ever stops moving and pushing and probing defenses. Believe me, they all know he’s there, they’re all terrified of him, and they’re doing their best to mark him. His perfectly timed runs to the perfect spot are unstoppable.

      • scoocha - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        You forgot he’s great with his hands too. The Africans should have lynched him for his actions in the World Cup.

        Still disagree btw.

      • scoocha - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        After the events of this past Saturday, I really want to know how you’ll defend this little Spic now.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 26, 2013 at 8:54 AM

        I defend his soccer to the death, even if he is occasionally touched by madness. Nullum ingenium sine dementia fuit.

        Your choice of language may have revealed the true source of your Suarez-hatred.

      • scoocha - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        No, it was the handball against Ghana that started it. The first thing you learn when you start playing soccer is that you can’t touch the balls with your hands, which makes the sport kind of unique.
        You’re calling me out for my language, what about his against Evra.
        What a hyprocrite.

  2. billobrienschindimple - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    The above comment says it all. When a Man U supporter says it has to be Suarez, then you have to take notice. It would be equally painful for me to say that since the inception of the PL nobody can compare to UTD. As true as it may be, it is no easy feat for a Red to admit.

    Suarez IS the player of the year. YNWA. IRWT.

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