By News Team
3rd March 2020
Ahead of the 2020 PFA Awards taking place on April 26, we take a look at the favourites for both awards.
PFA Player of the Year
Sadio Mane leads the betting for the PFA Player of the Year alongside Liverpool team-mate Jordan Henderson, which is no surprise to see. Mane has been impressing in the Premier League since his Southampton days, but it only feels like this season that people have really appreciated him as the world-class player that he is. The Senegal international has netted 13 league goals while recording six assists this term to help fire Liverpool to what will surely be a first league title in 30 years, and he’s 7/4 to add the PFA Player of the Year gong to his haul.
Also sitting at 7/4 to land the PFA Player of the Year prize is Liverpool captain Henderson, who has arguably been Liverpool’s most important player this season. He has contributed three Premier League goals and five assists to the Reds’ cause this term, but it’s his all-round play that is really key to Jurgen Klopp’s side, with his mix of midfield running, tackling and passing providing the perfect counter-balance to the likes of Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah’s attacking exploits. It’s little surprise to see that the Reds have struggled recently in Henderson’s absence from injury.
If Mane has been Liverpool’s star in attack and Henderson their key presence in midfield, then at the back it’s Virgil van Dijk who is most important to the runaway Premier League leaders from a defensive point of view. It has generally taken something special to breach the Reds’ defence this season, with Van Dijk’s pace, power and reading of the game vital to that. Nobody has kept more clean sheets in the league than Liverpool this season with 12, while Van Dijk’s league-high tally of 2,346 passes this term shows his importance in building from the back for his side. He’s 9/2 to win the PFA Player of the Year award.
Also at 9/2 in the betting is Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne – the first player in our list from outside of the Liverpool squad. De Bruyne has been an inspiration for City this season and if it wasn’t for the Belgium international then Pep Guardiola’s side could find themselves further than the 22 points they currently sit off Liverpool. De Bruyne has recorded a league-high 16 assists this season, just four off Thierry Henry’s record for a single Premier League campaign, while he has also bagged eight goals to give him the most goal contributions in the division this term at 24.
Sitting behind De Bruyne in the assists charts this season is Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has racked up 12 this campaign – a remarkable record given the 21-year-old is a right-back. Alexander-Arnold’s forays forward and expert crosses into the box have become trademarks of Liverpool’s season, and such has been the form of the youngster this term, that not only is he talked about as one of the world’s best right-backs, but there’s also been clamour for him to be moved into midfield. Alexander-Arnold is 14/1 to be named PFA Player of the Year.
PFA Young Player of the Year
Talking of Alexander-Arnold, he is the odds-on favourite for the PFA Young Player of the Year award, with his stellar season seeing him currently priced at 1/12 to win the gong. Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish follows at 9/1 after his 13 goal contributions in the league this season, with the nine league goal contributions from Leicester’s James Maddison seeing him placed next in line at 14/1. Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount, his Blues team-mate Tammy Abraham and Tottenham’s Tanguy Ndombele all follow at 16/1.