BBC pundit Garth Crooks has tipped Liverpool’s Sadio Mane as the early frontrunner for the PFA Player of the Year award.
In his weekly ‘Team of the Week’ feature on the BBC website, Crooks raved about Mane. He was seriously impressed with the Senegal winger’s performance against Crystal Palace.
Crooks believes Mane will be hard to beat for the PFA Player of the Year award for 2019/20. Last season, Virgil Van Dijk scooped the top award. But Crooks thinks his Liverpool team-mate will steal those honours off the Dutchman this season.
Crooks on Mane
Explaining his choice to select Mane in the ‘Team of the Week’, Crooks wrote: “Sadio Mane is fast becoming my favourite to win the PFA Player of the Year award. His performances so far this season have been wonderful.
“Against Crystal Palace, he was, once again, Liverpool’s biggest threat. He refuses to give any defence a moment’s rest. Liverpool tightened their grip on that elusive Premier League title – and much of that is down to Mane.”
Mane has been exceptional this season and he is spearheading Liverpool’s title charge. With 12 goals in 18 games (including eight in the Premier League), the 27-year-old is playing his best football to date.
Liverpool have had a player winning the PFA Player of the Year award for the past two seasons (Mo Salah and Van Dijk). Mane would be a good bet to make it three in a row.