The PFA Player of the Year nominees were announced last week and the men up for the award are all deserving of their nomination. Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante have been superb in helping Chelsea within touching distance of the Premier League title, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic has proven all the doubters wrong after his impressive performances for Manchester United.
Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku have also been excellent for their respective sides throughout this campaign. Alexis Sanchez’s nomination, however, has been questioned. On one hand, he is more than deserving of being on the list while, on the other, it can be argued that has been unable to maintain the same level of performance throughout the entirety of the season.
Sanchez has been key for Arsenal and the Chilean was one of the main reasons the Gunners were top of the table early on in the season. With 19 Premier League goals to his name, he is the Gunners’ top scorer, the next being Theo Walcott with 10. He is also their most creative player, having made 72 chances so far this campaign – even Mesut Ozil has created less than him.
The Chilean has been electric for the Emirates outfit, having been directly involved with almost half of their goals. In what has been a very poor campaign for the Gunners, Sanchez has been one of few bright sparks. His goals have been the difference three times this season, having allowed Arsenal to pick up three points off Burnley, Bournemouth and Hull City.
That doesn’t sound too impressive, yet when Arsenal’s struggles this season are highlighted, they have often been poor against the lesser teams this season. Therefore, Sanchez’s ability to step up and be the difference between Arsene Wenger’s side winning or drawing cannot be taken for granted.
However, the 28-year-old’s form stuttered at the beginning of a rotten patch for his current side. Since the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Watford in January, Sanchez has only scored four times in nine appearances and the Gunners have suffered because of this.
The Chilean’s inconsistency during the second-half of the season has led to questions surrounding his nomination for the PFA Player of the Year award, especially as there has been a young man nearby playing at the top of his game for the duration of the campaign.
Dele Alli was nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award but he was overlooked for the main accolade. The Englishman has had a stellar season at White Hart Lane, having helped Tottenham Hotpur to second place in the league.
The 21-year-old has adapted to many positions under Mauricio Pochettino, having operated as an inverted left winger last campaign while this season, he has had to learn how to function in a 3-4-2-1 formation.
Alli has scored 16 times and has five assists to his name as well as continuing to improve from last season, showing maturity way beyond his years.
The English youngster scored the crucial goal in Tottenham’s 2-1 win against Burnley at the beginning of a strong run of results that has seen Spurs lose once since December. He also put Chelsea to the sword with two brilliant goals at White Hart Lane.
If Alexis Sanchez is lucky to be nominated, Dele Alli is very unlucky to not be on the list. Who do you feel should be up for the award?
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