PFA Players' Player and Young Player nominees announced
- Carlos Tevez (Man. City): Players’ Player of the Year Nominee
Gordon says: "He is such an energy-packed player and you cannot fail to be impressed by the amount of work he puts in, week in, week out. He is the sort of player that is going to be popular with fans of whatever club he plays for.
"He was as popular with Manchester United supporters as he is with City followers who love him, not just for his incredible work-rate but for his goals which look like firing the club into the Champions League next season."
- Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal): Players’ Player and Young Player Nominee
Gordon says: "When you watch him play, you simply sit back and marvel at the skills of the perfect engine-room player. He is such a crucial player to both Arsenal and Spain, and the difference he makes to those teams is immeasurable.
"A magnificent player who has brought so much to Arsenal, and the Premier League as a whole, it is so important that Arsene Wenger keeps him at the club because he would be a sad loss to the English game."
- Didier Drogba (Chelsea): Players’ Player of the Year Nominee
Gordon says: "When you talk about the best players in the world, Didier Drogba is a name on many people’s lips and with his strength, pace, ability and goalscoring skills, the Chelsea striker is different class.
"There was a time, in his early days in this country, that he was accused of going to ground too easily, but there has been a huge improvement in that area of his game, and the more he has matured, the better he has got."
- James Milner (Aston Villa): Young Player of the Year Nominee
Gordon says: "We at the PFA have followed James’ career with great interest ever since he approached us for advice as a teenager, and he has been a key member of the Player Management Agency ever since.
"We are proud of the progress he has made throughout his career, and particular this season when he has positively blossomed in the central midfield role Martin O’Neill so astutely felt he was tailor-made for. We are also delighted that, after playing a record number of games for the England Under 21s, he has finally got his chance at the highest level."
- Joe Hart (Birmingham): Young Player of the Year Nominee
Gordon says: "Joe’s loan move to Birmingham has certainly proved to be a good one for both parties. He has benefited from the loan system, and the chance to play regular first team football, and I am so pleased he was given the opportunity by Alex McLeish.
"He has certainly not let the Birmingham boss down. It is nice that Joe has been recognised by his fellow professionals after an excellent season during which his consistency has been exceptional."
- Wayne Rooney (Man. United): Players’ Player and Young Player of the Year Nominee
Gordon says: "Wayne has been absolutely phenomenal once again and, in his new role this season, has created even more havoc for opposition defences. When Cristiano Ronaldo was at United, he played more of a supporting role, but as the number one striker and goalscorer he is now one of the best in the world, not just in this country.
"He has always been prepared to work at all aspects of his game, and this season in particular, the improvement in his heading ability has been there for all to see. He’s like a modern-day Dixie Dean."