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Six-man shortlist for the Premier League PFA Player of the Year has been named

Thursday 13th April 2017
As we approach the climax of yet another thrilling Premier League season, it's about that time where individual players are awarded for outstanding seasons. The PFA Player of the Year has announced a six-man shortlist for their coveted award, and as expected it includes some huge names.
The news broke earlier this morning, and honestly, for the first time in years, it is a list that I fully agree with. Chelsea duo N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard are named, as are Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Romelu Lukaku, Harry Kane and Alexis Sanchez.

Let's take a closer look at each of the nominees then. First up, we have Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Now 35, the evergreen Swede just seems to be getting better with age. At the time of writing, he has scored an impressive 28 goals across all competitions, two of which helped seal the EFL Cup trophy at Wembley just a couple of months ago. There is no doubt that Ibra has turned into a real father figure for a young Manchester United team,  but the Red Devils' league position almost certainly rules out his chances of winning the coveted trophy.

Next, let's discuss Romelu Lukaku. The 24-year-old is leading the Premier League Golden Boot race quite comfortably with his 23 goals (Kane, next best on 19). He's turned into an Everton talisman this year, and there has been so many matches where he has dug them out of trouble. Lukaku is maturing nicely, and it's no surprise to hear that he is after a move away from Goodison Park. I don't believe he'll become PFA Player of the Year, but it's nice for him to be nominated.

Onto the third striker on the list; Englishman Harry Kane. Before we begin, I'd just like to give a whole lot of credit to Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine manager has worked wonders with Kane, who is now one of the most clinical strikers in the Premier League. He scores all sorts of goals and more often than not, he finishes a game on the score-sheet. However, he's currently out injured and it's not the first time where he has missed quite a few matches in a row because of being on the treatment table. I fear that'll cost him the trophy this season.

Chilean Alexis Sanchez has been the go-to man for Arsene Wenger this campaign. He started the season in red-hot form but his levels have dropped since the turn of the year - but who has been playing well for Arsenal right now...?  Due to the Gunners' poor in general coupled with Sanchez' dip, I just cannot see how the former FC Barcelona man comes out on top here.

N'Golo Kante definitely fits the bill as a potential signing of the summer. He just covers every blade of grass for 90 minutes straight and he simply doesn't give his opponents a minutes peace on the ball. Leicester City have really struggled without him and Chelsea have reaped the benefits of being able to rely on him every week. They look a shoe-in to scoop the Premier League title and they owe a lot of it to this fella.

Well, we've saved the best till last. What a stunning footballer Eden Hazard is. When he plays well, Chelsea tends to win more often than not. At times I'm left in amazement at some of the stuff this boy can do. He really does set the Premier League alight and we're lucky to have him in England.

Who should win the PFA Player of the Year award?

In my humble opinion, you simply cannot look past Eden Hazard. The brilliant Belgian has carried his teammates through matches at times this season with his individual brilliance and trickery. The way he just glides past players with consummate ease is delightful to watch and for me, he'd be a worthy winner. I guess the only player who could run him close is his teammate, N'Golo Kante. I would make a strong case for the French midfielder, but it's very rare that a defensive player wins an honour like this.
Jordan Street

Jordan Street, 25-year old sports writer. Avid Manchester United fan and season ticket holder. Lover of the Premier League. Enjoys American sports. Tom Brady's biggest admirer, Kyrie Irving for MVP.

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