Premier League Player of the Year: Top 5 nominees for the 2017/18 season
With more than half the Premier League season complete, we have a basic idea of the title contenders. Well, for this season, it's Manchester City and the other top four contenders because it doesn't seem like the Cityzens are going to relinquish their lead any time soon.
Along the way, we have seen some stellar performances from a number of players for their respective squads this season. Of course, there are a few that stand out - a cut above the rest. The ones fans pay good money to watch every week.
Here are the top five players who are a shoo-in for the Player of the Year award for the 2017/18 season.
#5 Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
This was the season where Jose Mourinho was supposed to bring the league title to Old Trafford. A five-year wait for the trophy the Red Devils have won 20 times before was supposed to en, what with it being Mourinho's second season where he has always enjoyed success at his previous clubs.
They started well, staying at the summit of the table before they fell away in the September-November period with losses to Chelsea and even newly-promoted Huddersfield Town.
The difference between these two periods? Paul Pogba. The French midfielder was sidelined for weeks with a hamstring injury and it cost United points.
The 24-year-old is the glue that holds this team together. He is the creative fulcrum around which the attack pivots and his ability to carry the ball forward unchallenged remains one of his best traits.
"I think he is happy with the way the team is playing and he's happy because the team is changing the profile and the profile is going more in his direction." - Mourinho
There's no question he is now the undisputed star of the team - transfer fee be damned. His constant movement also helps United defensively and his hardworking nature shines through with 32 successful tackles and interceptions in only 13 appearances.
But his biggest contribution is the fact that he leads the league with 9 assists having played far fewer games than the rest of his peers.
If United are to reel in City this season, Pogba will not only have to remain injury-free but also avoid suspensions. It cost United dearly in the Manchester Derby when he was sent off in the match prior to the City game where, again, he had two assists against Arsenal but also two yellow cards.