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An Alternate Six-Man Shortlist for PFA Player of the Year

The PFA Player of the Year nominations are out and some fans will be furious to see some names, not on the list. But with only six spots available, the list comprises of N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Harry Kane and Alexis Sanchez. 

Here's our alternate six-man shortlist for PFA Player of the Year

Dele Alli

 

Dele Alli as been in fine form for Spurs and has stepped up on more than one occasion filling in for injured Harry Kane by scoring crucial goals. Has already scored 6 more than last season. He is on the shortlist for Young Player of the Year award but couldn’t make it to the senior list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alli will consider himself unlucky but is favourite to win the Young Player of the Year award.

 

Sadio Mane

 

Another big moment of madness was the non-inclusion of the prolific winger who has had an excellent first season with Liverpool with only a recent knee injury ruling him out of the remainder of the season. Being Liverpool’s highest scorer this season with 18 goals and 5 assists, the Senegalese has arguably single-handedly helped Liverpool challenge for Champions League qualification next season.

Sometimes a player’s importance and quality is measured by how the team is doing and not by personal achievements. So, it’s fair to ask “Can Alexis Sanchez really be considered to have had a better season with Arsenal than Sadio Mane has with Liverpool?” Food for thought!

 

 

 

Gylfi Sigurdsson

The point is as simple as this tweet.

 

 

 

He deserves a lot more respect by getting at least a nomination for having excelled at a relegation-threatened side – Swansea City and not for the first time.

With 8 goals and 11 assists, the Swans would have been more than 2 points adrift of the safe zone without him.

 

David Luiz

 

Defenders are the least recognized in terms of their contribution to the team when it comes to awards and accolades. So, it would be fair to include at least one who has had a brilliant season after coming back to Chelsea at the start of this season – David Luiz. Has been rock solid at the heart of Chelsea’s 3 man defense.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wilfried Zaha

 

Perhaps if this award was not all about the club a player played for, he would have received a nomination. He is playing in the form of his life for Crystal Palace but unfortunately, Crystal Palace is not one of those 'big' clubs in the top division of English football.

 

 

 

 

Sergio Aguero

 

Much to everyone’s surprise, you would be too if you knew that he has never made it to the PFA’s Team of the Year. So, having missed out on the shortlist for this year’s PFA Player of the Year would be unsurprising to many. Aguero would be pondering at PFA’s shortlist this year. Better luck next time Sergio!

 

 

 

 

 

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