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Facebook player of the season candidates: Gareth Bale

Over the weekend you can vote for your player of the season on Facebook (poll closes 9am BST on Monday)!

You can choose from six players who have all had outstanding campaigns: Gareth Bale, Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen, Jermain Defoe, Aaron Lennon and Michael Dawson.

We will be profiling each candidate here on and we start with a look at our award winning Welshman, Gareth Bale.

KEY STATS (Premier League)

Games: 33

Goals: 21

Assists: 8


Bale became only the second person in history to win the PFA Players' Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards in addition to the FWA (Football Writer's Association) Player of the Year Award after Cristiano Ronaldo did the same in 2007.

Often playing behind a lone striker, Bale terrified defences and in doing so became our first player since Teddy Sheringham in the 1992/1993 to score over 20 goals in the league.

Spectacular goals against the likes of Manchester United, Norwich, West Ham and Sunderland saw Bale score nine goals from outside the box this season - more than any other player in the Premier League - and, crucially, they were often strikes that secured points.

There is not much that can be written here which has not already been said about Bale's performances this season. Needless to say, his 2012/2013 campaign will not be one forgotten by the Welshman, Spurs fans or defences across the country any time soon.


"It's been an amazing season for me individually but it has also been a great team effort and we've worked hard. Andre came in and changed the way we played and I think we adapted very well to that.

"We've grown as a team this season. That has helped me individually and is the reason I've been able to play so well."


Too many to choose from! However, the spectacular late winning goal against West Ham to secure a vital three points at Upton Park is possibly the most iconic image of Bale's season.