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Ranking the five favourites to win the 21/22 PFA Player of the Year award

The PFA Player of the Year award is English football’s most prestigious individual accolade, with a number of names competing to be crowned as the Premier League’s finest footballer this season.

Kevin De Bruyne claimed the award last season, with the Manchester City midfielder becoming just the third player – after Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo – to win back-to-back accolades in the Premier League era after his 2019/20 triumph.

 

Ahead of the season’s run-in, we look at how leading betting sites rank the five favourites to win the 2021/22 PFA Player of the Year award.

Joao Cancelo – 25/1

Joao Cancelo is one of several Manchester City names in the frame for individual acclaim, with the full-back having emerged as one of the champion’s most important and consistent performers.

The full-back has taken the role to new levels during the current campaign with his unique interpretation of the position, drifting inwards to create midfield overloads and providing another element of creativity to Pep Guardiola’s attack.

Cancelo has three goals and eight assists in all competitions for City this season, whilst his multi-faceted skillset is evidenced with his position among the Premier League’s leading players for a wide number of metrics.

No player has managed more touches, passes into the final third or carries into the final third, whilst he ranks second for progressive passes, crosses and progressive carries.

The 27-year-old was recently rewarded with a long-term contract extension at the Etihad and, whilst an outsider for the award, could become the first full-back to win the PFA Player of the Year accolade.

Phil Foden – 16/1

Phil Foden was named as the PFA Young Player of the Year last season and is 16/1 to claim the senior prize in 2021/22.

The forward would follow in the footsteps of Ryan Giggs, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo in winning both awards during the Premier League era.

Foden has been in excellent form once again for Manchester City this season and has often led the line in the absence of a recognised centre-forward, providing 13 goal involvements in just 16 starts across all competitions.

His rotation in the side could hinder his hopes of claiming individual acclaim this season, but he has stated his claim for a prominent place in City’s best XI and could prove crucial to the club’s hopes of silverware ahead of the run in.

Bernardo Silva – 8/1

Manchester City’s pursuit of the title has been boosted by the return to form of Bernardo Silva, the midfielder having once again been amongst the Premier League’s leading lights this term.

Silva had sparkled during the club’s domestic treble-winning campaign in 2018/19, but had declined over the past two campaigns with rumours surrounding his happiness at the Etihad.

The Portugal international has been arguably City’s most influential footballer this season, with the 27-year-old often saving his best for the biggest of occasions.

He has starred in wins at Chelsea and Manchester United, whilst he was outstanding in the enthralling 2-2 draw at Liverpool in October.

Silva’s mix of guile and graft is central to City’s success and his haul of seven league goals this season has already equalled the best return of his Premier League career.

Kevin De Bruyne – 6/1

Kevin De Bruyne is seeking a third consecutive coronation as the Premier League’s best, with the Manchester City midfielder priced as 6/1 second favourite for the award.

De Bruyne’s odds come despite a frustrating season interrupted with fitness problems, though he has scored six goals and provided two assists in 12 league starts this term.

He ranks third in the Premier League for key passes despite his absences this season, whilst he is second to only Trent Alexander-Arnold for expected assists per 90 minutes.

There have been signs that the Belgium international is returning to his best in recent weeks and, should he play an influential role in success for City on multiple fronts this season, he could make unprecedented PFA history.

Mohamed Salah – 8/15

Mohamed Salah is the odds-on favourite to claim the PFA Player of the Year award, in what would be a second success for the Egypt international after claiming the accolade in 2017/18.

Salah has been in sensational form during the current campaign, leading the league with 16 goals from just 20 appearances.

He has also been electric in this season’s Champions League for Liverpool and has seven goals in Europe, with his record standing at 32 goal involvements (23G, 9A) in just 26 appearances in all competitions for the Reds.

Liverpool have navigated his absence at the Africa Cup of Nations in fine fashion, but his return will be a major boost as Jurgen Klopp’s side look to end the season with silverware.

There has arguably been no player in better form across Europe’s major league this season.

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