As the 26th season of the Premier League winds to a close, the Champions Manchester City have been crowned and a Premier League legend believes he knows who the Player of the year is.
The Citizens have been dominant in England this season, losing just five times with Liverpool beating them thrice and rivals Manchester United producing an incredible comeback to make it two losses in the Premier League. Despite that, with Manchester United’s loss to West Brom on Sunday, the Citizens have been crowned Champions of England for only the third time in Premier League history.
Manchester City and Pep Guardiola were at their very best and it showed as not one but three Citizens were nominated for the PFA Player of year. The nominees were released on Saturday, with Manchester City’s David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane all making the cut, including Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Tottenham’s Harry Kane, and Manchester United’s David De Gea also nominated.
While both Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane have been in tremendous goal-scoring form scoring 55 goals between them in just the Premier League, Manchester United star David De Gea has been the best keeper in the league by some margin. The Red Devils may have struggled to score goals this season, but defensively thanks to the Spaniard they have been absolutely brilliant.
As for Kevin De Bruyne, the Belgian has been simply superb for Manchester City and has become one of the best-attacking midfielders in the world. Along with David Silva, De Bruyne has been the lynch-pin in Pep Guardiola’s attack, with the Belgian creating 102 chances along with 87 key passes this season, which has led to 15 assists.
The 2017-18 PFA Player of the Year award nominees:
Kevin De Bruyne
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However, despite that Premier League legend Alan Shearer who is the highest goalscorer in the league with 260 goals, has revealed his choice for the PFA Player of the year. In an interview with the Sun, Shearer went on to say, “Nobody could have predicted Salah would have been as red hot as he has been when Liverpool signed him last summer. In fact, there were one or two eyebrows raised when the Reds paid £34.3million for him, even if that was more because of how his time at Chelsea had gone.
But he would now get my vote for Player of the Year. I said I would wait to see what happened in Liverpool’s Champions League game with Manchester City before I hung my hat on Salah or Kevin De Bruyne for that award. But with what Salah did in those two ties, scoring his goals and pulling his team through to the semi-final, he would now be my pick.
De Bruyne has also been magnificent and he was again on Saturday against Tottenham. ‘But I realise how difficult it is to score goals and that’s why I would give it to Salah, who now has 40 in all competitions for Liverpool,” he told The Sun.
Oh, what a season tis has been and it is still not over. While Manchester City has won the Premier League title, there is still the battle for the three remaining Champions League spots, the Europa League spots and even the fight for relegation. And there it ends with the PFA Young Player of the Year award which in whole honesty should go to Ryan Sessegnon. The 17-year-old has been sensational for Fulham and it would be interesting to see what he can do in the Premier League next season.
As for PFA Player of Year?? My choice would be Kevin De Bruyne.