Taylor Williams talks us through his pick for the two prizes:
With the Premier League coming to a close we are getting to the point where finalists for awards such as the Premier League Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year are being announced. This year many individual players have had good years, both veterans and first year players. But when it comes to both of these awards it’s down to the best 6 players to fight for these awards. But who will win these awards is what everyone wants to know.
Who has been the best in the Premier League this season?
Nominations: Mesut Ozil, Dimitri Payet, Harry Kane and the Leicester City trio of Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante.
While all these players are deserving of the award only one can win. But in all honesty I think that this comes down to really two players. Riyad Mahrez and Dimitri Payet.
Mahrez has been unbelievable this season. He has been one of the key reasons Leicester are at the top of the table and seemingly locked in to win the title. Mahrez has scored 16 goals and has tallied 11 assists this season. Mahrez has been also creating many chances this season both in the run of play and drawing fouls. He’s averaging 3.3 dribbles per game while also being fouled 2.2 times a game. Every time he has the ball at his feet you think he’s about to create something special the man just has a knack for creating scoring opportunities.
Dimitri Payet has also been outstanding this season. He has adapted to the Premier League every well scoring 9 goals and adding 8 assists, pretty great numbers knowing he missed nearly 2 months in the first half of the season with an ankle injury. Not many people are more exciting to watch on the ball. Payet has created 92 scoring chances this year. He has also been a very exciting and lethal free kick taker.
Let’s get started with what everyone is talking about, the Player of the Year award. So
My Pick is Riyad Mahrez
Now on to the next big award. Every year it’s always fun to watch and see who is going to be the next young player to jump out and get their career started in a big way.
Nominations: Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Everton duo Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley, Jack Butland and Philippe Coutinho.
While all 6 players have been excellent this year, but honestly this is really down to 2 players, Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku.
Harry Kane has been brilliant this season. Harry Kane has been the main reason why Tottenham Hotspurs sit in 2nd place looking almost guaranteed to look up a champions league spot. He has scored a league leading 22 goals and added 1 assist. Whenever Harry Kane is on the ball there is always a chance of a goal. Kane has scored with both his left and right feet as long as also having scored with his head this season. Kane has also created 40 scoring opportunities this season even though only 1 ended in goal.
Romelu Lukaku has also been very good this season. If it wasn’t for Lukaku it’s hard to say where Everton would be this season. Lukaku has been very clinical this season scoring 18 goals, He is also a very good creator. He has created 49 chances this season totaling to 6 assists and completing 73% of his passes this season. Safe to say he has been unbelievable this season.
My Pick is Romelu Lukaku
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