The six-man shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year has now been announced. Liverpool and Manchester City players make up the whole selection of stars Jordan Henderson and Kevin De Bruyne remain the favorites for the honor; Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Raheem Sterling join Winner will be announced next Tuesday evening, September 8.
Jordan Henderson and Kevin De Bruyne will go head-to-head again after PFA revealed the six-man shortlist to be crowned their Player of the Year.
Liverpool’s captain was honoured by the FWA after leading his club’s 30-year wait to become champions, while Manchester City’s outstanding midfielder won the Premier League gong after a raft of glorious performances. The PFA award will be won by an either a Liverpool or Manchester City player as Henderson heads four nominees from Anfield – the others are last season’s winner Virgil Van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold – while De Bruyne is joined by Raheem Sterling.
Alexander-Arnold also features in the six-man list for the Young Player of the Year award but he faces strong competition from emerging talents such as Manchester United strikers Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford, Chelsea pair Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka.
The criteria for the Young Player of the Year award has changed and eligible players had to be 21 or under on July 1, 2019.
There had been doubts in the spring about whether the PFA would be able to actually crown the season’s outstanding performer and it appeared that the pandemic would mean it would be the first time since 1973 that there was a blank year.
A gala dinner, which was set to be staged in Manchester, was also cancelled after the voting process was suspended – some clubs had not received their ballot papers before they had to abandon their training complexes.
But the voting was resurrected once clubs returned to business as usual and rather than just using ballot papers, clubs could choose whether they sent email nominations or WhatsApp messages via their PFA delegate.