The shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year have been announced, and the two players who have been tipped to win it for quite a while now are on it.
Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne have been the best players in the league by a country mile this season, and are joined on the six-man shortlist by Harry Kane, David De Gea, Leroy Sane, and David Silva, who have also had magnificent individual seasons.
It is unsurprising that the club with the most representatives is Manchester City, who have dominated the Premier League this season, and have an incredible total of five players competing for the two individual honors.
De Bruyne and Silva have been nominated for the award in the category of players above the age of 24, while Raheem Sterling and Ederson Moraes – 23 and 24 years of age respectively – have been nominated for the Young Player of the Year award. Sane, like Tottenham Hotspur striker Kane, has been nominated for both awards.
Despite the pair being 24 now, Kane and Ederson are both eligible for the Youth award, as they were 23 years old when the season began. Joining them and Sterling on the list is Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, and probably the most surprising of them all, Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon.
The 17-year-old left-back has been crucial for Fulham this season, with an incredible tally of 14 goals and 6 assists to his name in 42 league appearances. He becomes the first ever player from outside the top flight to be nominated for the award.
When Mo Salah signed for Liverpool at the start of the season, not a single person expected him to turn into the revelation he has become, and he is currently four goals ahead of fellow candidate Kane in the race for the Premier League golden boot, with a remarkable 29 goals in 33 league appearances.
De Bruyne has been absolutely majestic for Manchester City this season, and currently has the most assists in the league with 15. His City teammates and fellow nominees, Sane and Silva, are second and third respectively on the list of league assist providers, with 12 and 11 apiece.
Manchester United’s David De Gea has once again been one of, if not the most important player of their squad this season, and has kept the most clean sheets in the Premier League this term, with 16 in 32 games. He has been in the PFA Team of the Year in four out of the previous five seasons, and looks set to keep his place once more.
The winners of the awards will be announced on Sunday, April 22, at a ceremony in London’s Grosvenor House.