It seems just like yesterday that the 2017/2018 Premier League season started off. As exciting as it has been, the league will come to an end by May. Though it’s still two months away, it is usually around this period that different players are judged and awarded based on how well they performed during the season.
One award that is usually given around this period is the Professional Footballers’ Association Players’ Player of the Year award. Before we talk about the players that will most likely be nominated for this year’s award, this is how the PFA Player of the Year award works:
The ballot forms are sent to the training ground of the 92 league clubs and 8 Women Super League clubs in England. Players then vote for the player they think deserves the award. Amongst the instructions and procedures that a player is given is that they are not allowed to vote for a player that is at the same club as themselves.
So basically, the players decide which fellow player deserves the award more.
This season has produced some extraordinary talents who have achieved extra-ordinary feats, making them strong contenders for this year’s award. Some of them are:
In Liverpool’s Premier League Week 31 game against Watford, Salah scored four goals and assisted another. He became the first Egyptian to do so in the league and also leapfrogged Harry Kane on the goal scorers’ chart after scoring 28 goals for Liverpool in 31 league games.
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That is an amazing feat for a player who joined Liverpool this season. A player like him should still be adjusting to life as a Liverpool player. But Salah has proved that he’s not a regular player. His performance this season makes him a strong contender for the award.
Kevin de Bruyne
It’s been an amazing season for Manchester City. They enjoyed an amazing run of form, defeated every other Premier League team asides Everton, and already have two trophies in the bag while they’re still in contention for a maiden Champions League trophy.
Central to all of these is a certain Belgian called Kevin de Bruyne. His 14 assists so far in the Premier League (the highest) has been pivotal in helping Manchester City come this far. Guardiola has built his team around him and David Silva and it has paid off for him. To an extent, it has been another breakout season for Kevin.
The English striker, with his performances this season, has made sure that his name is synonymous with goals. Although currently injured, Kane’s goals has helped Tottenham push for a top four finish after spending quite the while outside European spots for part of the season.
His injury may see him miss the rest of the season but then again, Harry has done well enough to not only be a contender but also win this year’s PFA Player of the Year award.
Which of these three players do you think should win the award? Are there other players deserving of this award that we have failed to mention? Leave us a comment and share your thoughts with us.Tags: Professional Football Association (PFA) Awards