Liverpool's Mohamed Salah leads shortlist for PFA Player of the Year with Man United star in the mix

Karan Dewan 14/04/2018
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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Manchester City playmaker Kevin de Bruyne are among the six names shortlisted for the PFA Player of the Year award.

After already scoring 29 goals in the Premier League, Salah, who moved from Roma, has been instrumental in keeping Liverpool inside the top four and is favourite to win the award.

Here we take a look at all six candidates.

KEVIN DE BRUYNE (Manchester City)

The Belgium playmaker has flourished in Pep Guardiola’s system, with his killer final balls and goal-scoring providing some of the most memorable highlights of City’s march towards the title.

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De Bruyne leads the Premier League with 15 assists.

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DAVID DE GEA (Manchester United)

A string of outstanding performances and improbable saves have made De Gea a key figure in United’s league campaign.

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Only Manchester City have conceded fewer Premier League goals, 24, than United’s 25 – and they have faced only 201 shots to the 378 taken on De Gea’s goal.

David De Gea of Man Utd

HARRY KANE (Tottenham)

The England frontman may come up short to Salah in his bid for a third successive Premier League Golden Boot but looks set to fire Spurs to a top-four finish once again.

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Kane is the only one of last year’s six nominees to also appear on this season’s list.

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MOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)

The Egypt international’s relentless form in Liverpool’s front line means Philippe Coutinho has not been missed since his January move to Barcelona.

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Salah has been directly involved in 50 goals in all competitions this season – scoring 39, with 11 assists – in just 44 appearances.

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LEROY SANE (Manchester City)

One of two players, along with Kane, nominated for both the main award and young player of the year, the winger has popped up with nine goals and 12 assists in his second Premier League season.

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Sane is still awaiting his first senior international goal after 11 appearances for Germany.

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DAVID SILVA (Manchester City)

Despite missing several games for personal reasons after the premature birth of his son, the Spain star remains integral to the success of Guardiola’s side.

Did you know?

Silva has reached double figures for Premier League assists for the third time with 11, matching his tally from two years ago while he had 15 in 2011-12.

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Chelsea player ratings as Olivier Giroud stars in 3-2 comeback win over Southampton

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Chelsea struggled to get going but eventually sprung into life to comeback from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Saint Mary’s.

Shane Long gave the hosts the lead before Jan Bednarek doubled their advantage on the hour mark.

Olivier Giroud‘s introduction at that point turned the game on its head as the Frenchman’s brace sandwiched Eden Hazard‘s effort to complete the revival.

Here are our Chelsea player ratings.

CHELSEA (3-4-2-1)

Thibaut Courtois – 7: Made a fine save from Long’s mishit which was dipping under the bar. Had to make a couple of smart saves towards the end as well.

Andreas Christensen – 6: Did well to catch up to Long on the break in the second half without giving away a foul. Didn’t put a foot wrong

Gary Cahill – 4: Struggled against Long’s pace. At fault for the second goal.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 4: His lack of pace was exposed as Ryan Bertrand galloped past him to set up Tadic for the opener. Most of Southampton’s attacks were down his side.

Marcos Alonso – 6: Incredibly escaped a red card as Mike Dean failed to spot his horrendous challenge on Long. Superb ball in for Giroud to score.

N’Golo Kante – 6: Tried to force the issue when Chelsea were down and seemingly out. Covered a lot of ground but didn’t make a telling contribution at either end.

Cesc Fabregas – 6: Put in a decent enough shift without standing out. Could’ve kept the ball better. Had a few shots that didn’t trouble Southampton’s goal.

Davide Zappacosta – 4: Should’ve offered Azpilicueta more support. Spent plenty of time in the opposition’s half without making an impact. Subbed on the hour mark.

Eden Hazard – 7: Was quiet for long periods in the game, occasionally popping up with a shot to test the keeper. Took his goal excellently and was involved in the winner.

Willian – 7: Looked the most threatening but was let down by his team-mates for most of the game. Great work down the left to lay it on a plate for Hazard to equalise.

Alvaro Morata – 4: Never got on the same page as Hazard and Willian. Barely in the game and when he did have a couple of shots, they were wayward. Hauled off with an hour played.

Eden Hazard scored the equaliser.

Eden Hazard scored the equaliser.

SUBS:

Olivier Giroud – 8: Conte couldn’t have asked for more of an impact from his substitute. Sparked the comeback with his first and completed it as well.

Pedro – 5: Was sent on to offer more penetration down the right but Chelsea’s best attacks were still down the other side.

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Man United talking points as momentum grows and Romelu Lukaku relishes visit of West Brom

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Manchester United will be looking to keep the momentum going when they welcome doomed West Bromwich Albion to Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Red Devils are riding the crest of a wave thanks to last weekend’s remarkable 3-2 comeback victory at Manchester City, thus denying the “noisy neighbours” a historic title win. This represented a fifth-top-flight triumph in a row as Jose Mourinho’s men look to strengthen their grip on second place, plus build confidence for a tilt at a 13th FA Cup.

With the Baggies marooned at the bottom of the standings, another victory should follow.

WHICH UNITED WILL TURN UP?

This season has not provided hope of Mourinho’s vaunted ‘second-season syndrome’ repeating itself since nemesis Pep Guardiola disappeared into the distance from October.

But belief grows that the good times will soon return.

A current tally of 71 points represent the best haul of the largely miserable post-Sir Alex Ferguson era – and there are still six fixtures to fulfil.

‘The Special One’ needs more statement displays to cement his standing. He certainly got this in the second half at Etihad Stadium, after the incompetence of the opening 45 minutes.

West Brom now provide an excellent opportunity to put a team to the sword. United have scored 12 times in their last five league games, yet haven’t run up a four-goal haul since November.

LUKAKU’S PUNCHING BAGG

A match against West Brom will always have special meaning for the centre forward.

The grateful Lukaku has declared previously his loan spell there for 2012/13 “made him a man”. For their part, the Baggies were rewarded with 17 strikes in 38 games after rescuing a hulking teenager from the wilderness at Chelsea.

That included a hat-trick as the Baggies came back from 3-0 and 5-2 down to remarkably pull out a 5-5 draw against United in Fergie’s final match in charge on the last day of the season five years ago.

The £75 million (Dh392.7m) pound signing has a funny way to show gratitude. He’s been involved in eight goals (five goals, three assists) in his last eight league games against them, including the opener in December’s 2-1 win at The Hawthorns.

Romelu Lukaku scored four times for West Brom in Sir Alex Ferguson's final Manchester United match in May 2013.

Romelu Lukaku scored three times for West Brom in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final Manchester United match in May 2013.

SANCHEZ IS STARTING TO STIR

Alexis Sanchez has been a joy to behold for United in the last fortnight.

The exasperating figure who lost the ball 42 times during last month’s Champions League humiliation at home to Sevilla got two wonderful assists against City and finished with characteristic precision versus Brighton to end an eight-game goal drought.

These performances have shown why the Chile forward was so coveted by City and induced United to shatter their wage structure.

This run should continue against the Baggies who are winless in their last 15 Premier League away games.

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