Upto the point of Feb when the votes were made, Bale would have been in my top 2, personally i'd have gone for Nasri over him. Since christmas he's barely played because of injury and hasn't found his top form again yet, which is why I find it daft that the award is voted for half way through the season. I am a fan of Bale, but I don't think he has been the best player over the whole season so far. His 7 goals and 1 assist doesn't come close to Nanis 9 goals and 18 assists. Like I said earlier, if Nani didn't let himself down with some of the reasons you've mentioned, I think not only would he have actually been nominated, he would have been right up there for winning the award. I agree that you can pick holes in every player who was nominated, no 1 player has stood out clearly above all others this season.