Bale and van der Vaart joined Charlie Adam, Samir Nasri, Carlos Tevez and Scott Parker on the shortlist. Hardly the biggest names in world football but an honest list altogether. Of course, the shortlist can only hold a set number of names and there are many players that could've also found their way on to it.
For me, one small surprise was the omission of Luka Modric. Following Spurs has, obviously, made it easy to cast a hawk-eye view over each of our performers this season, and the Croatian has definitely been one of- if not the- most consistent performers in a Spurs shirt this year. It's easy to see the class in every touch, how he drifts past players- knife through butter stuff- and the ability to spot a pass and read the game.
He'd be the first to concede he hardly brings a shed load of goals , but he brings others into the game; he lays the foundations in which others build on; a lot of our moves start with him and the boy never stops running. He shows that you don't always need to score goals to be a successful central midfielder. He's having a fantastic season, and I'd bet my house that he'll only get better.
Still though, that's my view. Many of yours will be different.
So who's gonna win it?