The six players on the shortlist (Getty/Metro)The six-man shortlist for the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award has been revealed, with the two favourites – Mohamed Salah and Kevin de Bruyne among them.
The other players on the shortlist are Harry Kane, David De Gea, Leroy Sane and David Silva.
The contenders for the PFA Young Player of the Year have also been announced, with Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon the surprise inclusion.
Ederson, Kane, Marcus Rashford, Sessegnon, Sane and Raheem Sterling are the six names on the shortlist.
Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon (Getty)The winners will be announced on Monday 23 April at the PFA Awards.
Salah and De Bruyne are the stand-out contenders, with debate raging over which one should collect the award.
De Bruyne celebrates Man City’s League Cup final win (Getty)De Bruyne has been the standout player in the incredible Manchester City side that have stormed the Premier League this season. He leads the assist charts with 15 and has scored 7 goals plus he played his part in winning the League Cup.
Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard said of De Bruyne: ‘If I have to give one name it would be De Bruyne, because he has been City’s best player and so influential for the team who are going to be champions.’
Former Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott said: ‘It is hard to choose but De Bruyne pips Salah because he has helped City win the league.’
Salah has had arguably the best ever Premier League debut season at a club (Getty)Salah meanwhile has enjoyed a sensational debut season at Liverpool. Following his move from Roma he’d bagged 29 Premier League goals – four more than Harry Kane. He’s also provided 9 assists to help Liverpool to a virtually guaranteed top-four finish. In adddition, he’s played a vital role in taking Liverpool to the Champions League semi-finals, including goals in both legs of the quarter-final against Man City.
‘My winner is Mo Salah,’ Alan Shearer told the BBC. ‘I said before the Champions League quarter-finals that I was torn between him and Kevin de Bruyne, and it was the way that Salah played and scored to help Liverpool win both legs which clinched it for me.’
Chris Sutton said: ‘Nobody expected Salah to make this kind of impact in his first season. I know he comes in off the wide areas but he is a wide player and the sheer volume of goals he has scored is staggering. When you look at the names he has overtaken in terms of his goal-to-game ratio in the Premier League it is remarkable.’
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Harry Kane has 25 Premier League goals for Tottenham this season in yet another impressive campaign (Getty)Of the other contenders, Tottenham’s Harry Kane has banged in 25 Premier League goals this season in yet another impressive campaign.
David De Gea has 16 clean sheets – two more than any other player (Getty)Manchester United’s De Gea has kept more clean sheets than any other Premier League goalkeeper.
The final two contenders come from champions-elect Manchester City, with Sane and Silva in the reckoning. Sane and Silva have 12 and 11 assists respectively in the Premier League.
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