Juan Mata: Four Reasons Why He Makes Strong Case for PFA Player of the Year

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Juan Mata: Four Reasons Why He Makes Strong Case for PFA Player of the Year
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With the annual Professional Football Awards ceremony, scheduled for 28 April 2013, just about a month away, Robin van Persie, Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez have been the talk of the town.

Van Persie has been grabbing headlines all year long with late winners and decisive moments for Manchester United, leading their surge toward a 20th league title. Bale has carried Tottenham Hotspurs on his shoulders through the season. Meanwhile, Suarez has lifted Liverpool from the lower depths of the Premier League table into seventh place.

Pundits, fans and bookies all see the battle for the PFA Player of the Year accolade as a three-horse race.

One man who can afford to feel a bit hard-done here is Juan Mata. The diminutive Spaniard picked up where he left off last season and has been a ray of light in the darkness for Chelsea, who have had a rather turbulent season.

The media would have you believe that RVP, Bale and Suarez have been miles ahead of Mata in terms of the quality of their displays all season long. That's a load of codswallop. Mata has been scintillating through 2012-13.

I, for one, feel he makes a strong case for the Player of the Year prize, and with good reason too.

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