Ranking the Premier League Player of the Season Contenders

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The Long Shots

10) Harry Kane

Kane is unlikely to win this award. Even before his injury, he was always hindered by Tottenham’s league position. Whilst they are in the conversation, it is improbable that they mount a serious challenge and as such, Kane’s chances are reduced. But he makes this list for his sheer quality and consistent goalscoring. Yet again, he is in the top three scorers in the league and you wouldn’t bet against him staying there, even if he misses another month through injury. Surely it is only a matter of time until Kane gets his hands on this trophy, but it is unlikely to be this year.

9) Leroy Sane

What a talent this boy is. With lightning-pace and wonderful vision, he is as happy assisting (9) as he is scoring (8) this year. There are bigger names that are more likely to claim the prizes this season, but is there any young players in the league with a higher ceiling than him? If the final part of the season is as strong, he fully deserves his place in the top 10.

The Dark Horses

8) Sergio Aguero

Aguero will go down as a Premier League great and it would seem fitting if he one day gets his hands on this award. A consistent threat in front of goal, even in what feels like a relatively quiet season he has already tucked in 11 goals in the league. Man City’s record goalscorer is always there when his team need him most but even if City do come back to win the league, there are others in his own team that will probably take home the trophy.

7) Alisson Becker

With 13 clean sheets in the first 24 league games this season, Alisson has separated himself as the best goalkeeper in the league this year. His positioning and movement are outstanding and have brought stability back to a goal that has seen its fair share of wobbles over the last few years. One only wonders how Liverpool would have got on in the Champion’s League final last year with Alisson in goal instead. His consistency should maybe move him higher up this list but goalkeepers (with the exception of Peter Schmeichel) don’t win this award.

The Outsiders

6) Eden Hazard

At times Hazard looks unplayable. Every time he picks up the ball on the halfway line and charges forward, you assume a goal is coming. Yes, he frustrates his managers and is reluctant to track back but with a player this good, he is always on the shortlist for this award. Chelsea have been inconsistent under Sarri this year and that won’t help his case but having already registered double figures in goals and assists this season, he will at least be in the conversation.

5) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Aubameyang has been a revelation since joining Arsenal. With his goal against Cardiff, he scored his 25 Premier League goal, making him the fastest Arsenal player ever to reach that milestone. He is hot on the heels of Mo Salah, just a goal behind in the race for the golden boot. With Arsenal struggling to make the top four, he may not win this award but he should be eyeing up both the team of the season and the golden boot. Both are within his grasp.

4) David Silva

The more you watch David Silva, the more you realise he is at the heart of everything good Man City do, particularly going forward. His quality is undeniable and this season is yet another example of how talented he really is. Whilst the winner of this award does not always go to a player from the Champions, it helps. Silva just needs to continue being David Silva and hope that his team can wrestle the initiative back in the title race.

The Favourites

3) Raheem Sterling

This one relies on two things: 1) City need to win the league and 2) Sterling needs to keep up his incredible form. Sterling has always had talent but under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola he has become consistent. Time and again this season Sterling has produced the goods when it really matters. It is not only the 10 goals and 7 assists so far in the league, it is the decision-making, which in the past has been a real weakness. At just 24, Raheem has the world at his feet. If City can close the gap on the league-leaders and Sterling can keep producing, he has a chance.

2) Mo Salah

In a season that doesn’t feel as dominant as last years’, Mo is sat quietly at the top of the list of premier league scorers, leading Liverpool to the summit of the table in the process. He has already bagged 16 league goals and assisted 7 more. If Liverpool win the league, or even keep it tight to the wire, is anyone in a better position to claim the award than last year’s winner? Mo is pure class.

1) Virgil Van Dijk

Defenders rarely win this award. In fact, since it began only 2 defenders have ever claimed it (Vincent Kompany and Nemanja Vidic twice). This year, however, one of the most noticeable improvements to Liverpool’s team has been the defence. They have conceded the fewest goals in the league and in a team of talented defenders, Van Dijk is the cream of the crop. Perhaps the 2018/19 season sees the award heading to a Centre back again.

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