After the six nominees for the PFA Player of the Year were announced, everyone has been discussing who deserves the accolade.
Cases can be made for all of them with Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante, Mesut Ozil, Dimitri Payet and Harry Kane all having sensational seasons for their clubs.
It’s no surprise to see Leicester trio Vardy, Mahrez and Kane involved in the discussions with the Foxes closing in on an incredible title triumph.
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The 22 Premier League goals scored by Tottenham’s Harry Kane has earned him a place in the nominees list while West Ham’s Dimitri Payet has impressed during his debut season.
According to the bookmakers, the player with the least chance of winning the award is Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil.
The German midfielder has achieved 18 assists this season, just two short of Thierry Henry’s record, but his efforts appear to be in vain as the Gunners sit third in the table.
However, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger disagrees with the bookies and believes his player has deserves to win Player of the Year.
“He has been more efficient. He created more chances and has scored, especially, more goals,” Wenger told reporters, per Daily Mail.
“And I believe, in a guy like Ozil, you see 10 to 15 goals. I hope he does that before the end of the season.
“That's always what you think he should get. He's miles ahead on assists and provides the chances. The two combined, assists and goals, mean he deserves this award,” he added.
Mahrez and Payet's stats
Ozil’s six goals and 18 assists have been impressive but, when compared to the other nominees, you have to question Wenger’s comments.
Mahrez, who is the bookies favourite to pick up the award, has scored 16 while achieving 11 assists and Payet has notched nine times, registered eight assists and has been brilliant for the Hammers.
Of course, Wenger was always going to back his own player to win the award but it would be a massive surprise to see the former Real Madrid star collect it.
Following his decent campaign, Ozil has been linked away from the Emirates if the club finish trophy less - something that looks likely.
However, he’s reiterated his desire to stay at the north London club.
Ozil will stay at Arsenal
“I still have two more years after this season, I feel… as I have said that in the past, I feel really good,” Ozil told reporters.
“My team mates are great, the city is great, but as said, you can never tell what will happen in football.”
“But I have two more years after this season, and yes… as I said before, I am very happy here,” he concluded.