Chipping In with Darren Foreman: Bale a worthy winner of PFA honours

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I have to say I was pleased to see Tottenham’s Gareth Bale win the respective PFA Player of the Year awards.

Since leaving Saints as a left-back, he has slowly progressed further up the pitch and it seems he has found his perfect position in behind the front man and he is really shining now.

File photo dated 28/04/2013 of Gareth Bale with his PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday May 2, 2013. The Football Writers' Association has voted Tottenham winger Gareth Bale as its Footballer of the Year for 2013. See PA story SOCCER FWA. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

File photo dated 28/04/2013 of Gareth Bale with his PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday May 2, 2013. The Football Writers' Association has voted Tottenham winger Gareth Bale as its Footballer of the Year for 2013. See PA story SOCCER FWA. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

He’s had a superb season at White Hart Lane and they have relied hugely upon him for their attacking threat.

They look a different side without him in there and he has had a really good season for Andre Villas Boas’ Champions League chasing men.

He was a worthy winner in my eyes. Robin van Persie no doubt came close - you could argue his goals have fired Manchester United to the title this year, but I think Bale pips him to the top honour.

If Luis Suarez would have won the award, it would have made a total mockery of the English game. He should really have been withdrawn from proceedings just incase he came close.

File photo dated 27/04/2013 of Audley Harrison on the canvas during his Heavyweight bout against Deontay Wilder. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 28, 2013. Audley Harrison will ease into retirement insisting he can salvage much from a career that started in a glow of golden glory and was almost certainly ended by the clubbing fists of Deontay Wilder in Sheffield on Saturday night. See PA story BOXING Harrison. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

File photo dated 27/04/2013 of Audley Harrison on the canvas during his Heavyweight bout against Deontay Wilder. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 28, 2013. Audley Harrison will ease into retirement insisting he can salvage much from a career that started in a glow of golden glory and was almost certainly ended by the clubbing fists of Deontay Wilder in Sheffield on Saturday night. See PA story BOXING Harrison. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Moving on from that, I have to mention the retirement of heavyweight boxer Audley Harrison, who packed in after another embarrassing defeat against Deontay Wilder last week.

Audley really hasn’t lived up to expectations after his success as an amateur, and really he should have retired earlier than now.

He signed a 10-fight deal with the BBC after turning to the glittering lights of the professional game, and that was a total sham.

He was fighting total nobodies and clearly didn’t have to work hard enough to improve himself.

Ronnie O'Sullivan reacts after missing a shot in his semi-final against Judd Trump during the Betfair World Championships at the Crucible, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 3, 2013. See PA story SNOOKER World. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Ronnie O'Sullivan reacts after missing a shot in his semi-final against Judd Trump during the Betfair World Championships at the Crucible, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 3, 2013. See PA story SNOOKER World. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

He didn’t have the uncertainty that maybe he needed to make him work that 10 per cent harder and in the end maybe it became his undoing.

Audley didn’t have a great chin and didn’t strike me as the most active boxer - he looked almost lazy at times.

It’s a shame as you clearly must have ability to win a Gold medal, especially when the throw the Cubans into the mix - maybe he should have stayed amateur.

Another sportsman packing in is snooker star Ronnie O’Sullivan, who announced yet another retirement this week.

Snooker doesn’t really seem to have the same sort of popularity that it used to enjoy when Jimmy White and Stephen Hendry were in their prime.

He has said, once again, that he has fallen out of love with the game, and maybe this time he will stick to his words.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “I realised that I didn’t miss snooker, but I needed a bit of money.” Ronnie O’Sullivan

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK: It has to be Aston Villa’s 6-1 mauling of Sunderland on Monday night. Christian Benteke has been nothing short of a revelation this season and his goals have all-but kept his side up.