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EPL 2018/2019 : 7 contenders for the PFA Player of the Season award

Elvis Ume O
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52.33K   //    28 Feb 2019, 23:22 IST

Mo Salah is the defending PFA Player of the Year
Mo Salah is the defending PFA Player of the Year

We are rapidly approaching the end of the 2018/2019 Premier League season and with just 10 matchdays to go, we already have a clear picture of how the league table is shaping up to look like.

Clubs like Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur look on course to achieve their season objectives, while others like Manchester United and Arsenal are back on track after earlier fumbles.

Further down the table, it is also going to be an intense battle, as the likes of Fulham, Cardiff, Southampton amongst others fight it out to preserve their PL status next season, while Everton, Leicester, West Ham, Wolves, and the likes are safe in mid-table obscurity.

However, it is not just on the league table where there are rewards up for grabs, as there are also prestigious personal prizes such as the Golden Boot, PFA Player and PFA Young Player of the Year awards among others to be decided.

The PFA Player of the Year is arguably the most prestigious award available to professional players in England, with a higher premium placed on it by the winners due to the fact that it is given out based on votes collated by their fellow professional footballers.

The award has been handed out since 1974 and has been won by the who's who to have graced the English game, with the roll call of winners including legendary names like Cristiano Ronaldo, Alan Shearer, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Thierry Henry, Ryan Giggs, Eden Hazard, N'Golo Kante, and Eric Cantona among others.

Mohammed Salah is the current holder of the award, following his record-breaking debut season with Liverpool and with the award set to be decided soon, we shall be taking a look at seven players who could potentially be named the 2018/2019 PFA Player of the Year.

#7 Paul Pogba - Manchester United

Fulham FC v Manchester United - Premier League
Fulham FC v Manchester United - Premier League

A rather curious choice given his atrocious form earlier in the season under Jose Mourinho, Paul Pogba has however been a player reborn since the appointment of Ole Gunner Solksjaer, taking on a central role and leading Manchester United's charge to reclaim their lost pride of and make their name amongst the elite names of the sport.

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The 25-year-old has put no foot wrong since his former youth team manager took the reins at Old Trafford, with his only blemish coming in the UCL clash with PSG where he received a red card in the dying embers of the match.

So far this season, the World Cup winner has scored 11 goals from 25 PL matches, of which eight have come in just 11 matches since Solksjaer took over, while half of his six assists have also been created in the same time.

Pogba's claim to the award could be boosted much more if he can help guide United to achieve a top-four finish, which would have been unthinkable less than two months ago.



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