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PFA Player of the Year Candidates Review

1. Alexis Sanchez

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Alexis Sanchez has been just about the only bright spot in a dismal Arsenal campaign. He has literally put the team on his back for most of this season, and is the reason they still have a chance to qualify for the Champions League.

Sanchez has racked up 18 goals, 9 assists and 86 successful dribbles after playing every single Premier League game for the Gunners so far this season.

But his contributions go beyond just numbers. Every time Arsenal play, you can just see Sanchez chasing down every ball, fighting through 50-50s and displaying a true passion that the rest of his team seems to be lacking.

2. Harry Kane

Harry Kane has been the star striker in one the Premier League’s most electric attacks. The Spurs’ man has linked up with Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen to shoot Tottenham up into 2nd place in the table, with still a slim chance of winning the title.

Despite playing in just 23 matches this season due to injury, Kane has still managed to score 19 goals, and provide 4 assists.

Recently, Kane has stated that he believes that he is one of the best strikers in the world. His recent form more than backs that up. At just 23 years of age, Kane is also up for the PFA Young Player of the Year award, implying the scary thought that the best of Kane is still yet to come.

3. Romelu Lukaku

Lukaku is another player who is also up for the Young Player of the Year award. Also at 23 years old, Lukaku has been an absolute force in Everton’s push for European qualification. He currently has his side sitting 7th, and given Arsenal’s dip in form, Everton could just sneak into the top 6 by the end of the season.

Lukaku currently is leading the golden boot race (23 goals), and also has 6 assists, which actually gives him the honor of being involved in the most goals out of any PL player this season.

My pick to win this award, Lukaku has done more than enough to attract the attention of some big clubs, and that could mean a summer departure for the Belgian.

4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

When it was announced this summer that Zlatan would be making a switch to Manchester United, United fans had extremely high hopes for their club. And while their title aspirations never quite amounted to anything, Ibrahimovic has still shined for his club.

Netting 17 goals and 5 assists, Zlatan has truly been United’s most consistent goalscoring option. Ibra has also been involved in Manchester United’s build up play and counterattacks, making him an all around threat.

Thanks to Ibrahimovic, United are making a late push to qualify for the Champions League. This could be a huge factor in determining whether or not Ibrahimovic decides to stay at the club another year.

5. Eden Hazard

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Eden Hazard has seen a resurgence under Antonio Conte, after a really poor spell last season. His flair and attacking genius has propelled Chelsea to first place, where they look poised to take home the title.

Hazard has tallied 14 goals and 5 assists for his team, and has also created multiple chances in almost every game this season. His exquisite control on the ball provides real entertainment for fans, and has made Chelsea the best team in England this season.

Hazard’s play has been so good that it has attracted the interest of Spanish giants Real Madrid. And while it is unlikely for Hazard to make the switch, it is a real testoment to just how good he has been this season.

6. N’Golo Kanté

After winning the title last season with Leicester City, Kante looks to be well on his way to winning back-to-back titles, this time with Chelsea. If Hazard has been the star for the Blues, Kante is the heart and soul of this team, winning virtually every 50-50 that comes his way.

Kante has put in 105 tackles this season, has a success rate of 67%, has come up with 65 interceptions, and has also helped out his backline with 39 crucial clearances. Kante has unquestionably been one of the best center midfielders in the world this season.

If you really want to know how much value Kante provided for his team, just look at how his former club has been doing without him. After running away with the title last year, Leicester City now sit in 13th place, and were in deep relegation trouble until just a few weeks ago.


Let us know what you think in the comments!

Author: Nik

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Here’s How Chelsea Could Blow the Title

Just a week ago, Chelsea seemed poised to lift the EPL trophy at the end of the season undeterred, as they carried a 10 point lead over second place Spurs with just 10 games left to play. However, Chelsea lost at home to lowly Crystal Palace, and Spurs grinded out a road win at Burnley, and this has turned the season into somewhat of a title race. If Chelsea lose tomorrow against Manchester City, who haven’t lost in 8 league games, their lead could be cut down to four points. Here are the updated odds to win the title, with Chelsea still being overwhelming favorites:

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Taken from Sports Club Stats.

However, Spurs chances have shot up significantly. So, I am now going to present a scenario in which Chelsea ends up finishing in second, with Spurs claiming the title.

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5 Takeaways from the EPL Weekend

1. Moussa Sissoko is a complete flop

High hopes surrounded Moussa Sissoko following an impressive showing with France at the 2016 European Championships. He impressed so much that Tottenham Hotspur were inspired to pay €30 million to sign him on a 5-year deal. Oh, what they would do to change that.

Sissoko has made 18 appearances for Spurs this EPL season, almost all of them coming from the bench. In those games, he has managed 0 goals. He has taken 14 shots, and only 1 of them has been on target. His crossing accuracy is 7%, and he hasn’t created a single chance all season. And for a man of his size, maybe the most disappointing statistic is that he has won just 37% of his aerial duels.

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5 Bold Predictions for the Premier League

10 games remain for most teams in the Premier League, and yet so much remains up in the air. Chelsea look poised to win the title uncontested, but the Champions League race, the relegation battle, and so much more remains undecided. Here are my 5 bold predictions for the remainder of this Premier League season: Continue reading 5 Bold Predictions for the Premier League

FA Cup Predictions

The “Final Four” of the FA Cup is set, and it is looking to be one of the best conclusions in recent memory. All the upsets and giant killers have been eliminated, and all four teams that remain are in the top 5 of the Premier League – Chelsea, Spurs, Manchester City, and Arsenal. This is far from the norm of the FA Cup; take last year for example – Crystal Palace, Watford, Manchester United, and Everton made up the semi-finalists, and none of those clubs qualified for the Champions League. It’s time to take a look at our FA Cup Predictions: Continue reading FA Cup Predictions

What’s Next for Lukaku?

This morning, breaking news dropped, as Everton star Romelu Lukaku rejected a new contract and told the club that he intends to move on this summer. This came as a surprise, considering his agent Mino Raiola had just stated that Lukaku was set to sign an extension that would’ve made him the highest paid player in Everton’s history. With Everton sitting in 7th in the Premier League, and 8 points off the top four, the striker stated the desire to play in the Champions League as the main reason he wanted an exit. And given that Lukaku has scored 19 goals and provided 5 assists in just 27 matches this season, there should be no shortage of quality teams that pursue the Belgian. In this article, I’m going to take a look at four clubs that could sign Lukaku this summer if he does indeed leave. Continue reading What’s Next for Lukaku?

EPL Matchweek 27 Preview

As the season is winding down in the late stages, every point counts. Can Spurs and City continue to put the pressure on Chelsea? Can Liverpool climb back into the top 4? Will United finally get out of 6th? In fact, Everton could even come within one point of the top 6. This week’s match ups are a huge part of the journey that the Premier League season is. Here are some of the top teams’ matchups for the week: Continue reading EPL Matchweek 27 Preview

The Outcasts of the Top 6

This season, as I’ve said countless times, the top 6 teams in the EPL have looked a league above every other English team. The success of these teams has been a result of a variety of differing factors. For example, Manchester United have built their success on rotating squads and great depth, while Spurs have had a strong first team that seldom sees changes. Liverpool have built their season on high-powered attack, while Chelsea have focused on a neat and organized defense. But there is one thing these clubs have in common: their success has each come at the cost of a couple of high-quality players. We take a look at some of the promising players that just haven’t found a way to crack into their respective lineups regularly.

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Most Underrated EPL Transfers

The summer 2016 transfer window was dominated by big clubs making big signings, including Paul Pogba’s record-breaking move to Manchester United, John Stones’s move to Manchester City, and N’golo Kante’s move to Chelsea. And while these transfers were the major talking points of the summer, there were also many under-the-radar deals completed. In this article, we are going to take a look at the premier league’s most underrated signings. Continue reading Most Underrated EPL Transfers