Southampton defender Jos Hooiveld voted for Robin van Persie as Premier League’s of the Year, and believes that Liverpool striker Luis Suarez’s behaviour could cost him in voting for the prestigious award.
Suarez, currently the Premier League’s top scorer, is competing with Van Persie and Gareth Bale in many people’s thoughts to be named the league’s top talent for the season.
Hooiveld believes the Uruguay international’s past misdemeanors including being banned for racially abusing Patrice Evra, and his spiky nature, make him a less popular choice.
He said: “I can understand why people don’t vote for Suarez as he divides opinion.
“I have followed him since he played for my local team, FC Groningen, in Holland. He has developed very well and is a complete player. I enjoy his competitiveness.
“I am not sure what he has to do to be a better player. He does very well.
“Suarez’s style of playing is not always the nicest. He is always a bit on the edge. The Dutch are always very friendly – like me and van Persie.”
Van Persie gave Hooiveld a torrid time as his hat-trick helped Manchester United come from behind to win 3-2 at St Mary’s in September.
Centre-back Hooiveld said on Friday: “I voted today for van Persie – I have not played against Suarez yet.
“Maybe I was a bit chauvinistic, as he [van Persie] is Dutch. I can’t change the vote, even if Suarez scores a hat-trick.
“They have both done a great job. I think personal preference is key and I think van Persie has been top so far and is at the top of the league.”