Jordan Henderson deserves to win the PFA Player of the Year Award, says Jason Cundy


We're now approaching February and there are a few clear favourites for the PFA Player of the Year award.

Liverpool have dominated the Premier League so far, having opened up a 19-point lead at the top of the table.

And the favourite to win Player of the Year at the moment is Sadio Mane, who has notched 11 goals and eight assists so far this season.

Virgil van Dijk has been a colossus again this season and could retain his title, while Trent Alexander-Arnold has chipped in with 12 assists.

The only non-Liverpool player in the running is Kevin De Bruyne, who has seven goals and an incredible 17 assists for Manchester City.

But, according to Jason Cundy, none of the names aforementioned are the favourite.

The talkSPORT presenter actually believes that Jordan Henderson, Liverpool's captain, should win it all.

Cundy believes that Henderson is underrated and would get in any team in England.

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"Clearly a Liverpool player is going to win Player of the Year," he begins. "I think Jordan Henderson has a good a chance as anyone.

"He's as good as anyone in the middle of the park in the league. 

"He goes under the radar. The work he does doesn't pick up the headlines because he doesn't play through-balls like De Bruyne does. He doesn't win as many crunching tackles as Steven Gerrard did.

"But right now, he would get in any team in the country. He'd get in Manchester City's team too.

"His work goes totally unnoticed. He's underrated. He's always there to link up play. Without Henderson, Liverpool are a different team."

Cundy then went on to say that the Liverpool midfielder should be England's captain for the upcoming European Championships.

But let's be honest, he hasn't put together a season worthy of being named PFA Player of the Year.

He has done a good job in the middle of the park, but Mane, Van Dijk and Mohamed Salah have all been more influential than him this season.

Although stats aren't everything, he's only racked up two goals and three assists. Those numbers are simply not comparable to those of De Bruyne.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool FC - Premier League

This is no disrespect to Henderson, he's been great this season and he's led by example for Liverpool.

He will no almost certainly end the season by lifting the Premier League title, and he could also have the honour of lifting the Champions League trophy for the second straight season.

But, in terms of the Premier League's biggest individual accolade, he shouldn't be a contender this season.

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