The nominees for the PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association) Awards were announced yesterday, with Liverpool gaining three of the six nominations for Player of the Year.
Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard are the three Liverpool players nominated for the PFA Player of the Year Award. The highly prestigious prize honours the top players in the Premier League this season with Chelsea winger Eden Hazard, Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure and Southampton’s England international Adam Lallana completing the list.
It’s not surprising that any of these players have been nominated for this award as each of the six men have had stellar seasons for their clubs. However it's Luis Suarez who is seen as the early favourite to receive the honour.
Uruguayan striker Suarez is the leading goalscorer in the League this season, scoring 29 goals in 29 league games. This is an impressive goals per game record, even more impressive because Suarez missed the first six games of the current campaign, serving a ban which continued on from last season. His strike partner Sturridge has also been in outstanding form for the Reds, scoring 20 goals in 24 games.
Club Captain Steven Gerrard has contributed 13 goals and 11 assists for Liverpool. All three of these players have played their part for Liverpool, who are on course to win their first Premier League title since 1990.
Belgium maestro Hazard has been Chelsea’s most consistent attacker this season. While strikers Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o have struggled to score the amount of goals expected of them, it’s been Hazard who’s been on form, scoring 14 goals in 33 league matches.
Ivory Coast midfielder Toure is currently enjoying his most productive campaign for Manchester City, scoring 18 goals in 31 appearances. Toure has been one of City’s key players ever since he signed from Barcelona in the summer of 2010 for £20million. Then of course there's Adam Lallana, who has been an integral part of Southampton’s success this season. The Saints currently sit in eighth place in the Premier League and Lallana’s form even earned him his first call-up to the England national team in November against Chile. Many England fans believe that Lallana should be a certain to go to the World Cup in Brazil in June.
Meanwhile both Sturridge and Hazard have also been nominated for the Young Player of the Year award. Also nominated for this award are Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey, Everton's Ross Barkley , Liverpool's Raheem Sterling and Southampton's Luke Shaw.
The winner of these awards will be announced at the 41st PFA awards on Sunday April 27.
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