CHARLIE Adam’s sensational debut Premier League season has been rewarded big-time – he’s been shortlisted for the PFA Player of the Year.
Adam will attend a glittering awards night in London to discover if he can see off five of the top flight’s best players to lift the prize.
The 25-year-old is up against Carlos Tevez, Gareth Bale, Samir Nasri, Scott Parker and Nemanja Vidic, and will find out if he has won on April 17.
Adam’s nomination will be officially confirmed when the PFA releases its six-man shortlist at noon tomorrow.
It caps an astonishing two years for Adam, who arrived at Bloomfield Road in summer 2009 for a cut-price £500,000 fee.
Rangers had made it clear they were happy for Adam to leave, and the only other club interested in taking the Scot was Barnsley.
Since then Adam has led the Seasiders to the Premier League for the first time since 1971, and has continued his fine form in the top flight – scoring 10 goals in 29 appearances and becoming a transfer target for Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is also rumoured to be an admirer and may make a summer move for the midfielder.
Whatever happens in the coming months, Adam’s time at Blackpool has undoubtedly been a massive success and few would begrudge him the honour of making the PFA’s shortlist.
Team-mate DJ Campbell reckons he fully deserves it.
“Charlie has done brilliantly this season,” said Campbell, who is looking forward to linking up with Adam against Arsenal on Sunday – the striker finally returning after his three-match suspension.
“A lot of people have been speaking about Charlie, and he was in demand on transfer deadline day.
“He has gone on again from last year, and he was brilliant last year.
“To do it in this league is tough.
“It is the best league in the world and he deserves credit, as do all the rest of the lads because they’ve all contributed.”