The voting for the 2011/12 PFA Fans’ Player of the Year Awards has finished and the names of the winning players, as compiled by the PFA’s digital media partner - Digital Sports Group (DSG), have been released;“Burnley born, he had some limited experience in their time in the Premier League but has really come good for the club.
Gordon Taylor OBE, Chief Executive of the Professional Footballers' Association of England and Wales and Honorary President of FIFPro said;
“Had an exceptional season, voted by both the players and Football Writers as their Player of the Year which no-one could really argue with.
Bought from Feyenoord for £2.75million, he has established himself in the mould of previous top quality Dutch strikers such as Dennis Bergkamp, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Marco Van Basten and is a credit to Holland for such a small country that they continue to produce such marvellous strikers.
He is very much in demand and Arsenal fans will be worrying whether Arsenal can get him to stay or whether he will move on to the likes of Manchester City. Many of his goals were the best of not just this season but any season, when you think of the quality of some of his volleys.
He really has been a talisman for Arsenal and as Captain has lifted them into qualifying for the Champions League again when all looked lost. It was great to meet him at our Awards Dinner and he presented himself really well. He clearly has a good relationship with Arsene Wenger and it will be crucial to Arsenal’s future as to whether he stays or goes.”