With the PFA Player of the Year Award just around the corner, let’s take a look at some of the North-West based players who could take the accolade for 2019.
Virgil Van Dijk
One of the world’s best defenders, the Dutch centre-half has certainly earned the nomination after continuing to impress at Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp signed the defender from Premier League counterparts, Southampton in January 2018 for a fee of £75 million. He has been a brick wall ever since, with an attacker yet to complete a dribble past the 27-year-old this season. Some statistic for a 6″4′ defender.
Liverpool fan, John Piris, believes the defender deserves to win the award:
“I feel like it would be deserved as Liverpool have conceded the lowest amount of goals in the League, with no dribbles being completed against him it, so that alone shows he’s a class defender and could easily win it.”John Piris – Liverpool fan
Manchester City’s in-form attacker is impressing for both club and country. Raheem Sterling continues to improve every season and the best thing is, he’s still only 24-years-old.
The forward originally broke on to the scene with Liverpool as a 17-year-old making his senior debut against Wigan Athletic in 2012, before developing for the Reds under current Leicester City boss, Brendan Rodgers.
It wasn’t until the 2016-17 campaign that Sterling appeared regularly for Manchester City under Pep Guardiola, with the wide midfielder flourishing in a new look system and attack that continues to thrive at the Etihad Stadium.
Sterling has 15 goals so far this campaign for City, including a vital brace against Champions League opponents Schalke 04, and a hat-trick for Gareth Southgate’s England on Friday against Czech Republic in the Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Whilst they aim for their second successive Premier League title this campaign, Manchester City fan, Liam Bennett, believes Sterling can reach the very top:
“He’s showing just how good of a player he can be on a weekly basis, he is influential for club and country and there’s no surprise that the likes of Real Madrid are sniffing around him, his consistency has improved massively.”
The 24-year-old is currently at 5/1 to win the award behind Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk.
Liverpool are having a stellar season in defence and attack and the Senegalese international has been firing on all cylinders since his arrival at Anfield.
The forward originally joined from Southampton in 2016, with Van Dijk soon to follow. The pacey attacker has been an ever-present since, continuing to score goals and thrive in the Reds’ dangerous looking front three.
Mane, who set the record for the quickest Premier League hat-trick against Aston Villa in 2016 with three goals in two minutes and 56 seconds, has 17 goals for Klopp’s side this campaign, with a brace against Bayern Munich helping Liverpool progress to the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Finals.
The forward will be hoping to deliver for his side in their pursuit of the Premier League title, but the Senegalese captain is only 25/1 to win the award.
Arguably the world’s most prolific goal-scorer and Manchester City’s club record goal-scorer, Sergio Aguero needs no introduction.
The Argentine swapped Spain for Manchester in 2011, joining City from Atletico Madrid and scoring a double on his debut against Swansea City, and the forward has never looked back since.
Aguero is currently the leading goal-scorer in the Premier League with 18 goals, being the main focal point for Guardiola’s side in a devastating attacking side. With hat-tricks over rivals Arsenal and Chelsea this season, and two goals against Schalke 04, the Argentinian continues to fire City to domestic glory and potentially European success at the end of this season.
Manchester City fan Liam Bennett, believes Aguero is a firm contender for the award:
“Aguero constantly shows his class every season, his movement and finishing is up there with the very best, he is definitely a shout for the award and is one of the best forwards I’ve ever seen.”
Aguero is third favourite for the award at 6/1.