PFA Fans’ POTY shortlist

The nominations for the PFA Fans’ Player of the Season award powered by 90min have been announced and the following players are in contention:

  • Sergio Aguero
  • Philippe Coutinho
  • David De Gea
  • Eden Hazard
  • Alexis Sanchez

The PFA Fans’ Player awards are designed to give a strong voice to the supporters who are the lifeblood of the game. The awards are endorsed by the players and supported by the clubs.

One lucky fan voter will be chosen to present the winner with the award in person.

The shortlist will be whittled down to the five players with the highest number of votes on Tuesday 19th May, with the final deadline to vote at midnight on Monday 25th May. The winner will then be announced on Tuesday 26th May.

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Alexis Sanchez

Another player who has impressed in his debut season in English football is Alexis Sanchez. Arsenal are on course for their best Premier League finish for a decade and part of the reason for that is Sanchez’s form in front of goal. The Chilean attacking midfielder was named  PFA Fan’s Player of the month in October in which he scored three goals and racked up one assist. Sanchez scored in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Hull at the start of the month, and provided the assist for Danny Welbeck’s stoppage time equalising goal. Sanchez followed this up with both goals the following week as Arsenal beat Sunderland 2-0. Sanchez has continued to score consistently throughout the season and he has scored 16 goals so far as well as providing eight assists for his teammates. Sanchez scored twice in the FA Cup semi-final victory over Reading, and the north London club will meet Aston Villa at Wembley at the end of this month for a chance of silverware.  Sanchez’s fine form for Arsenal also saw him included in the Premier League team of the year.

David De Gea

The Manchester United goalkeeper has been in great form this season for Louis Van Gaal’s team and he was awarded the PFA Fans’ Player of the Month award in December following a string of impressive performances as he kept two clean sheets. The first came as Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at Old Trafford and then De Gea put in a man of the match performance to help the Red Devils overcome Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium, making a string of fine saves to keep Arsenal at bay. De Gea then helped Manchester United beat Hull 3-0. In total De Gea has kept 10 clean sheets so far this season in the Premier League as Man United look on course to  finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League. De Gea’s impressive form for Manchester United also saw him included in the PFA Premier League team of the year.

Philippe Coutinho

The Liverpool midfielder has been in great form again this season scoring a number of important goals for Liverpool. The Brazilian midfielder was voted the PFA Fans’ Player of the Month in February. Coutinho was part of the Liverpool team that drew at Merseyside neighbours Everton at the start of the month and then he helped Liverpool to a 3-2 victory against Tottenham.  Coutinho also helped Liverpool overcome Crystal Palace in the FA Cup 5th round to set up a tie against Blackburn Rovers. Coutinho followed this up with a man of the match performance against high flying Southampton, scoring the opening goal in a 2-0 victory at St Mary’s. He then scored the winning goal as Liverpool beat champions Manchester City 2-1 at Anfield. In total the midfielder has scored five goals and provided five assists this season. Coutinho’s impressive season for Liverpool also saw him included in the Premier League team of the year.

Eden Hazard

The Chelsea and Belgium international midfielder has been a standout performer for Chelsea this season. Under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, Hazard has enjoyed his best season in a Chelsea shirt since moving to the club and has scored  14 premier league goals, providing his teammates with eight assists. Chelsea have led from the opening weekend and Hazard has scored a number of important goals along the way as Chelsea secured their first Premier League title since 2010. The Chelsea midfielder was recently crowned PFA player of the season in recognition of a series of outstanding performances and he was also included in the PFA Premier League team of the year for the second consecutive season.

Sergio Aguero

The influential Manchester City striker has been in great goal scoring form again this season and is in pole position to win the golden boot. In what’s been a largely disappointing season for last season’s champions, Aguero’s goal scoring form has remained constant throughout. In total Aguero has scored 25 goals  laying on seven assists for his teammates. Whenever Aguero has played he has looked a threat and had he not missed a month of the season through injury, then Manchester City may have posed a bigger threat to Chelsea during the second half of the season. Aguero is a natural finisher and his goals alone make him a worthy candidate for the fans player of the season award, especially if he goes on to win the golden boot again this season.