Sky Sports pundit and former Liverpool player Jamie Redknapp is in no doubt that Luis Suarez should win the prestigious player of the year award ahead of the likes of Manchester United star Robin Van Persie and Tottenham’s Gareth Bale.
The Liverpool hitman has been in devastating form in front of goal this season, netting 22 times in the league, making him the top scorer ahead of Dutchman Van Persie. Suarez has a total of 29 goals, making it his best Anfield return since joining the club from Ajax. And former Liverpool and Tottenham star Redknapp believes there is no question that Suarez should win the gong.
“I don’t think the vote should be in any question. He IS the Footballer of the Year,” wrote Redknapp in his Daily Mail column.
“This award is for the player of the season, not for a player of the last two months. That should rule out Gareth Bale, who has been sensational, but only since Spurs drew at Norwich on January 30.
“It is a run of 10 goals in 10 games and he has carried his team into the top three, but is that enough?
“Robin van Persie has scored only once in the last nine games (it was nine in the previous nine before then) after an explosive start to his time at Manchester United.”
Other players in line for the award include Tottenham’s Welsh wizard Gareth Bale who is many pundits favourite to land the award. Bale has been in stunning form for Spurs, spear-heading their charge into the top four and into the Champions League this season, however Redknapp believes that Suarez may be more of an important player for Liverpool than Bale for Spurs.
“Suarez has been Liverpool’s Mr Incredible: consistently brilliant, with 29 goals in 39 games,” he continued.
“He is playing with a team still developing and has dragged them through the season. Can you imagine where Liverpool might be without his goals and his explosive performances?”