Kane and Ozil are amongst the six candidates.

Predicting who will finish where in the race for PFA Player of the Year

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The shortlist for this season's PFA Player of the Year award was announced last week, with Leicester City trio Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante joined by Harry Kane, Mesut Ozil and Dimitri Payet in the running.

All six have performed admirably this campaign and played vital roles in their respective club's position in the Premier League.

Here's a breakdown of who should finish where and who deserves to be awarded the prestigious accolade.


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The France international has not only revitalised his own career at West Ham but considerably boosted the Hammers' chances of European football.

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Rumours once suggesting Payet was a difficult player to manage with his attitude seem to be well and truly behind him following a season that has seen the 29-year-old manage 12 goals and eight assists in all competitions under Slaven Bilic.

A knee injury kept him out of action for six weeks over the Christmas period yet he returned spectacularly and has since established himself as a dead-ball specialist at Upton Park.


A call-up to the France national side is proof of just how well he's played since arriving in east London, scoring a fantastic free-kick against Russia during the international break.


Ozil has struggled to silence his critics since arriving at the Emirates Stadium in 2013 despite frequently showcasing his fantastic vision, dribbling ability and telepathic awareness.

However, he's been nothing short of fantastic this campaign, especially so in the first half, recording 18 assists in the Premier League alone and eight goals across all competitions.


Amidst a season of mediocrity in north London, Ozil has shone and established himself as one of few genuinely world-class players in the Premier League. Were it not for a somewhat quieter second half of the campaign, he might have been placed higher than fifth.


Kante has come a very long way over the past two years after rising from the French third division with Caen to England's promised land with Leicester.

A diminutive figure at barely 5'7", the Frenchman has inspired through his never-say-die attitude and tackling ability in the centre of midfield, with football fans likening him to Chelsea great Claude Makalele.

Leicester City v Southampton - Premier League

Daily reports suggest Kante could leave the King Power Stadium this summer following what has been a spectacular campaign, but if the 25-year-old stays put, he will be given the chance to prove himself in the Champions League under Claudio Ranieri next season.


It's hard not to feel sorry for Tottenham given how they will likely be pipped to the Premier League title by Leicester despite playing excellently all season.

However, even if Spurs lose out, they will do so in the knowing they have one of England's finest strikers spearheading their attack in the Champions League next season.

Kane is a total footballer - powerful, athletic and tall, yet clinical and agile.

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

The Premier League's top goalscorer with 24 strikes to his name has become the first name on manager Mauricio Pochettino's teamsheet and blown away all those he has come up against throughout the season.

Were it not for the fact Leicester were top of the table, Kane would probable be the outright favourite to be crowned PFA Player of the Year.


The Algerian's climb from obscurity to stardom has been quite remarkable, with his ability to twist and turn his way past the best of defenders in the Premier League something rarely seen.

At 25-years-old the winger is far from a prodigal talent, but rather a buried diamond who, in the space of a season, has burst onto the scene and become one of football's hottest prospects.


Mahrez's immaculate touch, vision and dribbling ability have all come to the fore and seen him linked with the likes of Barcelona and Arsenal - quite incredible when you consider he was bought for some £400,000.

Sixteen goals and 11 assists in the Premier League this season tells you all you need to know about just how good he has been.


Well, what can you say about Vardy? With a Hollywood biopic in the works and a plane ticket to France for this summer's European Championships all-but-confirmed, the forward's rise has been extraordinary.

Much has been made of his humble beginnings at Stocksbridge, but let's focus on the now. The 29-year-old striker has scored 22 league goals this season and assisted six, won Player of the Month in November and December, and scored a sublime first goal for England against Germany in the recent international friendlies.

Sunderland v Leicester City - Premier League

His mercurial pace and aggressive style of play are tailored to the Premier League and it's a genuine mystery how his talent has gone unnoticed until recently.

Bought for £1 million in 2012, Vardy has developed into a player capable of scoring slick, high-quality goals on a regular basis.

And if Leicester indeed win the Premier League title, they will have Vardy largely to thank for spearheading their attack so effectively from the outset and causing havock for opposition defenders all season. No one deserves the PFA Player of the Year award more than he does.

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