Player of the year shortlist announced

The Premier League shortlist for Player of the season has been announced, with Gareth Bale and Samir Nasri the leading contenders.

Tottenham left winger Bale and Arsenal midfielder Nasri are the favourites to land the award for their early season performances.

Also nominated are Scott Parker, Rafael van der Vaart, Charlie Adam and Carlos Tevez.

Nemanja Vidic also makes the shortlist.