Matija Nastasic deserved to be nominated for PFA Young Player of the Year says Manchester City team-mate Joleon Lescott
Gareth Bale won the Young Player and the main award
Monday 29 April 2013
Joleon Lescott has expressed amazement Manchester City team-mate Matija Nastasic was not nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year prize.
Gareth Bale walked away with the honour on a night of personal glory at a plush London ceremony last night.
That Nastasic did not even make the six-man nominations list left Lescott stunned, particularly as the 20-year-old Serb is responsible for him spending so much time on the sidelines this season.
"I have no gripe with him. You don't begrudge someone who comes in and does well," said Lescott.
"It was a bit harsh he was not nominated for PFA Young Player of the Year.
"He plays beyond his years and if he was English he would have had a lot more recognition.
"He's not a glamorous sort of player who comes out with the ball. He just does his job exceptionally well."
Yet Nastasic's presence, along with that of skipper Vincent Kompany is sure to focus Lescott's mind about whether to remain at City for the final year of his contract.
The 30-year-old has set his sights on a place in England's 2014 World Cup squad.
But his failure to gain selection for Roy Hodgson's initial party for the two most recent games against San Marino and Montenegro - even if he did end up starting both - has given Lescott something to ponder.
"It would be tough to have another season like this," said Lescott.
"I've only started 14 games and that is not great going into a World Cup.
"If my place in the squad was secure at international level then it would be a little bit easier.
"But I only got into the last squad by default.
"It was a reality check and made me realise I need to make a decision and it needs to be the right one for my career."
Lescott is phlegmatic about his chances of being selected for the FA Cup final against Wigan on May 11, knowing Nastasic was the man called upon for victory over Chelsea in the semi.
"I have played in the majority of the earlier rounds but it is up to the manager to decide on the day," he said.
"Obviously my future has been well documented but this is a special club to me.
"I feel like we've done a lot together and I'd love to stay.
"But I am not naive enough to think I'm definitely going to.
"If at the end I can say I've won two FA Cups, the Premier League and a Community Shield during my time at City then it wouldn't be too bad would it?"
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