I’m sure when professional footballers are casting their votes for the end of season player of the year awards, they consult our analytics site to see who has performed best in 2018/19. But just in case they don’t for some reason, I thought I’d take a look myself.
We’ll start with the PFA’s young player of the year award. As Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling have been nominated for both this and the main award, we’ll ignore them here. And as they both have well over 200 appearances in top level football already, it seems odd that they’re included in the young player award at all. But then we don’t make the rules. Yet.
(In cheesy awards show voice) Here are the six nominees, and some examples of their best work:
The nominees for the PFA Young Player of the Year!
— PFA | Professional Footballers' Association (@PFA) April 20, 2019