With the football season nearing its close, individual player honors are now a hot topic. And the Professional Footballers Association has gone ahead and announced the nominees for its illustrious Player of the Year award, with Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, and Harry Kane headlining the list.
Chelsea winger Eden Hazard leads the pack for the nominees in the men’s division. Hazard has scored 12 goals in 31 starts for the team in the ongoing Premier League season, where Chelsea is currently dominating. He has also contributed three goals for the team in the Champions League. The 24-year old placed second to Luis Suarez for the award last season, but managed to snag the Young Player of the Year trophy instead.
Hazard’s teammate Costa is also included in the list. Costa currently headlines the current season’s scoring boards alongside Tottenham’s Kane, who is another nominee. Both have registered 19 goals so far.
Manchester United’s David de Gea stands out as the only goalkeeper to be nominated for this season. The 24-year old defender holds 10 clean matches for United this season.
As is last year, Hazard is once again included in the list of nominees for the Young Player of the Year award, along with De Gea and Kane. Joining them is Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, who provided six goals for his team in all competitions this season. Coutinho’s teammate Raheem Sterling is also in the running for the award. Despite being in an ongoing controversy with his contract talks with the Reds, Sterling has also delivered a stellar performance this year.
The women’s side of the awards also boasted an impressive list of nominees. Eniola Aluko, who plays for Chelsea’s sister club The Chelsea Ladies leads the race, after a stellar performance this year both for her home club and the English women’s team. Last year’s winner Lucy Bronze of Manchester City is also included in the list, as well as Birmingham’s Karen carney.
The PFA Player of the Year award winners are to be determined by votes coming from the player community.