It’s that time of the season when shortlists are released for various awards.
After what has been a long football season in Europe, several players and managers are being shortlisted for one award or the other.
In the Premier League, several end-of-the-year shortlists have been released.
While there are a number of them, the two prominent ones so far are the Men’s PFA Player of the Year and the Men’s PFA Young Player of the Year.
For the former, Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool is set to be announced as the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year for 2019. The Liverpool defender was voted for ahead of the likes of Raheem Sterlng and Sergio Aguero.
The official announcement will be made on Sunday (28th April, 2019) at the PFA awards in London.
Another official announcement the world is looking out for is the winner of the Men’s PFA Young Player of the Year. The nominees are:
- Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
- David Brooks (Bournemouth)
- Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
- Declan Rice (West Ham)
- Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
- Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)
The Manchester City domination continues yet again in this list, just like in the PFA Player of the Year (POTY) shortlist and in the PFA Team of the Year which had six Man. City players.
Raheem Sterling, who narrowly missed out on the POTY award, can still win this award.
Just 24-years, the Jamaican-born English international has scored 20 goals already this season. He’s well on his way to break the 23-goal mark he set last season.
Another 24-year old in the Man. City set-up shortlisted for this award is Bernardo Silva.
The Portuguese has been deployed in all attacking positions this season. He has had a hand in 21 goals across Man. City’s first 41 games of the season.
One strong contender for this award is Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool.
The full-back has also developed into a threat down the flanks this season, piling on the misery for Liverpool’s opponents. This fact was underscored with his man-of-the-match performance against Watford, a game in which he became the youngest player in Premier League history to record a hattrick of assists.
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Marcus Rashford (22 in October) is one of the youngest on this list. However, his performances this season also makes him a strong contender to win the award.
He has used his speed to help Manchester United out of difficult moments this season.
Declan Rice and David Brooks are two players who have excelled this season, despite the sides they’re playing for.
David Brooks became the first player in history to win the Wales player and young player of the year awards in the same year. With two goals this season, Declan Rice has contributed his own quota to helping West Ham this season.
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