9 Players Who Should’ve Been Up For PFA Player Of The Year

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The top individual award will, nine times out of 10, be taken home by the players in the final third of the pitch because we’d all rather be the person scoring the last-minute winner in the title decider, rather than the one making a goal-line clearance in a relegation battle.

It’s pretty obvious that it will be Leicester City duo, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, competing for the prize, with Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil potentially running them close. However, we are here now, to stand up for the little guy, the unfashionable chaps who deserve as much – if not, more – credit than the Foxes pairing.

Mark Noble

Can someone follow Roy Hodgson around with a YouTube montage of Mark Noble from this season, please? How the Hammers midfielder doesn’t have one England cap to his name – when Steve Guppy does – is baffling.

Virgil van Dijk

The addition of the defender from Celtic now has the Saints fans asking: ‘Toby who?’ – with rumours of a move to Arsenal prior to the St Mary’s transfer, you wouldn’t be surprised if Arsene Wenger came in this summer for the towering centre-half.

Willian

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The Brazilian forward is so much better than that shower of shite at Stamford Bridge; someone needs to rescue him.

Willian is the only Blues player who could really hold his head high during the disastrous Jose Mourinho spell this campaign – and even found out that he is one of the best free-kick takers in the Premier League.

Darren Fletcher

Ol’ Dazza does the simple things well and has been a real leader for Tony Pulis’ side and one of the main reasons why the Baggies haven’t really found themselves in the relegation dogfight this campaign.

Fletcher’s performances have shown exactly why Sir Alex Ferguson regularly selected the midfielder at Manchester United, even if he wasn’t the ‘fashionable’ option.

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Chris Smalling

 

‘On a personal level, Chris Smalling [has been my toughest test],’

‘He’s always tight and always around you to stop you from doing your bit on the ball or getting turned.

‘It makes it very difficult for you to bring your team-mates into the game as well.’

Jamie Vardy

You don’t have to do much to be Manchester United’s best player this season, but Smalling hasn’t just been that; he has also been one of the best centre-backs in the league.

The Red Devils have been like an episode of Fawlty Towers throughout the most part of this season, but the England defender has been just like Sybil Fawlty, keeping everything together whilst chaos regularly ensued around him.

Jack Butland

If Joe Hart isn’t worried about his England No.1 spot, then he bloody well should be! Butland has performed heroics on a regular basis for the Potters and at just 22, he’ll continue to learn, develop and improve which is exciting for the Three Lions.

Toby Alderweireld

You can now understand why Southampton fans were so desperate for the defender’s loan deal to turn into a permanent one last summer.

The biggest indication of the former Atletico Madrid defender’s influence at Spurs, is the fact he’s almost improved since Jan Vertonghen’s long-term injury, with the Lilywhites not missing the impressive Belgium.

Odion Ighalo

 

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Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United should all be writing a blank cheque to Watford this summer, as the striker is exactly what each team needs in the final third; he’s clinical, fast and a nuisance for defenders.

Nacho Monreal

From Andre Santos 2.0 to the most consistent left-back in the Premier League; what a turnaround of the Spaniard’s Arsenal career.