The season is that the business end and besides the cups and the title, there is also the matter of the 2019/20 PFA Player of the Year Award.
It is of course still early days, There is still one third of the season to go and the PFA Awards are given out closer to end April. Nonetheless, we look at some of the early names which has been touted and make our assessment.
Not surprisingly at all, Liverpool players dominate the talk of the town this year.
Alexander-Arnold’s ascendancy has continued well into this season. The young right-back can do anything – crosses, takes set-pieces and even score. There were critics on his his abilities to defend but it is a statistic that Liverpool has kept the most clean sheets to date. He also has a sensational 12 assists to date.
Few FPL managers will forget his 24-point haul against Leicester in late December, when he raked up a clean sheet, 3 assists and a goal. However, in all honesty, he has been consistent in his performances and hardly endures a poor game.
FF Titan verdict: There is almost no doubt that Alexander-Arnold will be honoured with the PFA Young Player of the Year, but he does face very stiff competition here. He is likely to finish behind most of the next few contenders.
Virgil Van Djik
It has been yet another largely flawless season for the Dutchman. He continues to make defending look like a breeze and has played every minute of every game at time of writing.
Van Djik is of course the current holder of this award, won when Liverpool finished second in the league. He finished last season with 4 goals, 4 assists and 20 clean sheets and to date, he has already amassed 4 goals and 12 clean sheets.
FF Titan Verdict: Van Dijk had a great season but it is not likely to win the award twice in a row. His performances had continued to be world-class but much more talk this year had been on his other team-mates.
Kevin de Bruyne
Manchester City may not be playing at last season’s level but the Belgian play maker has been a bright spark for them. At his best, KDB can be unplayable this season. He often sits deep and orchestrate the entire City play.
To date he already has 8 goals and 18 assists, staggering numbers for a player playing behind world class forwards like Aguero and Jesus.
One piece of history weighs against KDB though – no City player has ever won the award despite winning four league titles in the last decade.
FF Titan Verdict: In the last 6 seasons, 3 PFA Player of the Year have been won by a player not from a title winning team but all those 3 were Liverpool players. KDB has a strong case to win this here, especially if he can put in a series of similar performances in the rest of the season. Question is – with City already conceding the league title and facing a future European ban – with Pep Guardiola start to rest KDB domestically soon?
At time of writing, Vardy is having a season of two halves. In his first 18 games, Vardy scored 17 goals and enjoyed unparalleled success in the goal scoring charts. His form, however, have dipped severely since the turn of the year and has not scored since.
Leicester were flying high at one stage but are more or less settling for a top 4 finish now. They also suffered a disappointing League Cup semi-final loss to Aston Villa, missing out on their opportunity for a trophy this term.
There is however, still time for Vardy to lay claim to this award. Unlike most other names on this list, he is retired from international football Leicester is not involved in European football – Vardy can focus solely on domestic competitions.
FF Titan Verdict: We reckon if Vardy score another 10-12 goals, there is an outside chance for him to slip himself into contention. Outside he may just need to be content with a nomination.
The hot favourite to win the PFA Player of the Year award at this stage is Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson. Henderson has already been performing at this level for a couple of seasons now and it has taken noticeably longer for pundits to note his importance to the current Liverpool team.
At time of writing Henderson has suffered an injury and looks set to miss three weeks of football. Chances are, he will be back and fit when Liverpool zooms in on the couple of victories that will mathematically seal them the 2019/20 Premier League title.
FF Titan Verdict: Henderson’s performance had been widely discussed this season and as a captain, had already lifted three different trophies this calendar year. He is our hot favourite to win here as well, but if his injury take a little longer to heal than others may come into contention.
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