PFA Player of the Year

Ranking the PFA Player of the Year nominees

The long wait is finally over. Now we know the six players in the running for this season's PFA Player of the Year award. The distinguish list consist of two Chelsea players, Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante, North London pair, Alexis Sanchez and Harry Kane as well as Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United and Everton's Romelu Lukaku.

It's obviously going to be a nick and duck affair among the sextet who've all done enough individually to clinch the accolade. But unfortunately, only one can realistically win the award, apparently, there's no plan by the FA to change the rule anytime soon. Now the question; who among the nominees genuinely deserves to take Riyad Mahrez's crown? We rate each chance of picking up the award.

6 - Alexis Sanchez

Sanchez has unarguably been the only bright side in an otherwise mediocre campaign for Arsenal. The Gunners have been so appalling that they risk finishing outside the top four for the first time in over 20 years. Needless to say, Arsene Wenger's team would probably have been around mid-table without the Chilean who have been involved in almost half of their goals. Considering his club's pathetic ordeal, it will be somewhat suicidal to hand the ex-Barcelona man the league's top award.

Chance: 5%

5 - Zlatan Ibrahimovic

"Am like the wine, the older I get the better" so boasted Ibrahimovic after yet another sterling performance for Manchester United against West Brom back in December. Well, we know the indefatigable Swede isn't gonna get much better but notching 17 league goals thus far for the Red Devils is enough to praise him to the skies. Time and time again, the 35-year-old has popped up to score decisive goals for United; raising the question - where will Jose Mourinho's team be without him? The fact that he's doing this well in his debut season gives him an edge over Sanchez who has scored two goals more.

Chance: 7%

4 - Harry Kane

He might not possess the fleet feet of Hazard, the work rate of Kante or doggedness of Sanchez, but Kane is perfect in simply putting the ball at the back of the net. So he has shown consistently in three successive seasons, scoring 20 or more league goals. To put that in perspective, Diego Costa has managed this once and has scored 16 fewer league goals than the Englishman over the same time-frame. Sanchez is 18 behind the Spurs striker, who has also scored four more than Sergio Aguero in the past two seasons.

Chance: 10%

3 - Romelu Lukaku

Lukaku has been around for some time now that many tend to forget he's just 23. Since being shipped out on loan from Chelsea in 2012, the energetic forward has matured into one of the best in the league - so good that the Blues are pressing hard to get him back at all cost. His goalscoring prowess has shone the brightest this season with 23 goals and incredibly none have come from the spot. What this means is that the colossal Belgium international has accounted for 50% of his team's goals this season. But Lukaku could be hard done by Everton's position on the log.

Chance: 15%

2 - Eden Hazard

The only previous winner in the running, Eden Hazard is poised to join an elite company of stars like Thierry Henry, Gareth Bale, and Cristiano Ronaldo to have clamped the prestigious award twice. After a forgettable campaign last season, Hazard has gotten back into his strides, wrecking havoc and making a meal out of opposition defence with his unrivalled skills set. His overall contributions have been a major driving force in the Blues superb run, scoring 14 times, five assists and creating 64 chances.

Chance: 30%

1 - N'Golo Kante

Consistency is a trait uncommon in English football these days, especially after swapping clubs. However, N’Golo Kante is already disputing that theory by not just replicating his feat that won Leicester City the title last season but elevating it to an even higher plane at Chelsea, under the shrewd intuitive management of Antonio Conte. Just like at Leicester, the 26-year-old diminutive destroyer has continued to disrupt opposition play with impressive work ethics, tackles, and interceptions. He is my pick for the accolade.

Chance: 33%

About the Author Toby Prince

An unrepentant soccer freak other freaks call geek.

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