It’s about that time of the year again when nominations for the top individual prize in English football roll out. The Professional Footballer’s Association Player’s Player of the Year is an annual award given to the player who is adjudged to have been the best of the season.
Previous winners include footballing greats like Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo. Here we take a look at the top five candidates looking to get their hands on the top prize this season:
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
The odds-on favourite for the award, the Algerian has been in stunning form over the past year. With 15 goals and 11 assists, Mahrez has had a hand in nearly half of the Foxes’ goals this season. He’s often stepped up with a bit of magic and has been the catalyst for his team’s unlikely title charge.
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Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
What a year the 29-year-old has had. Joint top-scorer in the league this season with 19 goals, Vardy has taken the league by storm. Whether it’s his blistering pace or awareness in the box, the striker has tormented defences on numerous occasions. He has in many ways epitomised Leicester’s fairytale campaign.
Harry Kane (Tottenham)
Recipient of the PFA Young Player of the Year Award last season, many expect Kane to bag the top prize this time around. He has spearheaded a young Spurs’ attack brilliantly, knocking in 19 goals in the process. This award is often handed to the top scorer of the division so it could go right down to wire between the potent English duo of Kane and Vardy.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
Next up on the list is Kane’s north London rival, Mesut Ozil. After a tough start to life in England, the mercurial German looks every bit of the world class player we all know him to be. With an unbelievable tally of 18 assists so far, Ozil has often passed teams out of the contest and thoroughly deserves his place in the list.
Dimitri Payet (Weat Ham United)
Arguably the signing of the season, the Frenchman has undoubtedly been the main man for Slaven Bilic this season, transforming the dynamic at Upton Park. His eight goals and seven assists are one of the main reasons West Ham fans can dream about European football next season. He's certainly one to watch out for in the coming years.
Are there any other contenders we've missed? Who will win it? Let us know in the comments below.