Confirmed: 8-man shortlist for ‘Premier League Player of the Season’ award

Following the announcement of the nominations for the Premier League Player of the Season award, eight players from seven different clubs are in the running. Due to their title triumph, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Ruben Dias are the only two players from the same squad to be in contention.

Dias might possibly win a pair of individual awards if he wins, having already won the Football Writers’ Award in the same category. Their main rival is expected to be Tottenham’s Harry Kane, who may even be their teammate next season.

Kane has more goals and assists than any other player in 2020/21, ahead of Mohamed Salah and Bruno Fernandes, both of whom are also on the shortlist. On the final day of the season, Salah was beaten to the Golden Boot by Kane, who finished the season with 23 goals, one more than Liverpool’s leading scorer.

Meanwhile, Manchester United’s talisman Fernandes was third in scoring but second in assists, though he was still two behind Kane on the latter. They will be joined by three players who will be regarded outsiders for the title but have been exceptional performers in their respective teams.

Mason Mount guided Chelsea to a top-four finish as well as a European title, and he is featured following a spectacular year in which he also captains his childhood club for the first time.

Across London, Czech midfielder Tomas Soucek, one of the season’s first arrivals, has been creating waves at West Ham. The Hammers outperformed expectations to finish sixth in the table, thanks largely to Soucek’s goal-scoring brilliance. In his first season in the Premier League, he scored 10 goals, tying him with Michail Antonio as the club’s joint-leading scorer.

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish is among the candidates who have been outstanding in his side’s much-improved season. His total number of opportunities generated remains one of the highest in the division, and he also contributed to 16 goals for his club overall.

Dias appears to be the man to beat after the summer signing helped bolster up City’s defense and spearhead their march to a fourth title. He was instrumental in City winning the league for the third time in four years.

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