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PFA Player of the Year 2019/2020

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The Frontrunners for this Year’s PFA Player of the Year

Last season, Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk was named the Premier League’s best player and duly took home the Premier League Footballers’ Association award trophy. In this writer’s opinion, Van Dijk was fully deserving of the award – he was an indespesible cog in the Liverpool machine, without him it’s doubtful his side would have been capable of running Manchester City so close in the title race

But who will win the award this year? Here, we take a look at some of the main contenders..

Virgil Van Dijk: The Netherlands centre-half is the obvious choice for this award. Having convincingly managed to scoop the prize last year, it is logical to suppose he will do again. The 6 foot 4 inch Dutchman is truly one of world football’s superstars. The seventy-five million pound sum Liverpool paid for his services in January 2018, which commentators at the time were thoroughly sceptical of, now truly seems like a bargain. His leadership and presence were instrumental in Liverpool’s Champions League successes last season and his role at the heart of the Red Men’s defence will only become greater and greater as time goes on. However, Liverpool are yet to sign another centre-half to complement Van Dijk, and although Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are superb defenders in their own rights, it might be the case that Van Dijk could struggle shouldering all the defensive responsibilities the Premier League bestows upon him for two successive seasons. The Liverpool hierarchy that, if they are unable to snatch the Premier League crown from the sky blue half of Manchester this season that their prized asset will seek new pastures, perhaps in Madrid, Barcelona, Munich or Paris. Only time will tell, but for now, it seems sensible to proffer that Liverpool’s talisman is the favourite to be this year’s PFA player of the year once more. 

Kevin De Bruyne: The Belgian number 10 endured a frustrating season last year. He was hampered by injuries throughout and, despite Manchester City winning the domestic treble of Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup, he will probably consider his own personal campaign to have been a disappointment. However, there is absolutely no doubting De Bruyne’s mercurial talent – when on form, he is one of the top five players in world football. Therefore, he is undoubtedly in the running for 19/20’s Player of the Award. For Premier League defences, the prospect of a fully fit Kevin De Bruyne under the guidance of the best manager in the world, Pep Guardiola, is a terrifying one. One can only assume that he will play a fundamental role in their inevitable title challenge. This year, of course, he will face a great deal of competition for places in the Manchester City midfield, Bernado Silva was an unbelievable force for City last season, his namesake David Silva is ageing and will play his last season for the blues but his consistent excellence over the past decade means that it would be foolish to discount him. Meanwhile, the Spaniard, Rodri has just signed from Athletico Madrid, Phil Foden is one of English football’s most exciting young prospects – these factors will ensure more pressure will be heaped on De Bruyne for a starting spot. De Bruyne could respond to this pressure in two ways: A) He could crumble as his competition excels around him or B) He could raise his already incredible game. If the latter of these possibilities comes to fruition then he is a strong contender for this year’s PFA Player of the Year Award.

Raheem Sterling: Sterling, like Van Dijk, is an obvious choice for this award having achieved personal glory in the ‘Young Player’ category year last year. This season, the England superstar will be expected to take his own game to the next rung on the ladder of elite talent. Guardiola has made his adulation for Sterling very clear already, it is to be expected that the winger will be at the forefront of the Catalan’s mind when he constructs his meticulous tactical plans – if this is the case then one can expect that Sterling will register even more goals and assists than his already hugely impressive tally last season. Given that many pundits were of the opinion that Sterling deserved to win the award last season, it’s a safe bet that he will be there or thereabouts this year. 

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