Manchester City players dominate the shortlist for this year’s PFA Player of the Year Award with as many as four stars from Pep Guardiola’s side nominated for the prize.
Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne, Ruben Dias and Phil Foden represent the Premier League champions on the shortlist after the quartet led City to their fifth top-flight title.
Four Manchester City stars have been nominated for the PFA Player of the Year Award
Kevin De Bruyne, Ruben Dias and Phil Foden (left to right) represent title-winners City
Belgian midfielder De Bruyne won the award last year having registered 20 assists for Guardiola’s City during the 2019-20 campaign.
Only two players – Thierry Henry in 2004 and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2008 – have been crowned as back-to-back PFA Player of the Year Award winners.
City defender Dias helped to bolster City’s remarkable defence during the current campaign, with the Portuguese defender winning the Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year last month.
Meanwhile, Gundogan and Foden both dazzled in midfield – with the former’s run of 11 goals in 11 league games between December and February helping City build a solid lead at the top of the table during the winter.
City’s Ilkay Gundogan (right) is also nominated, as is Man United star Bruno Fernandes (left)
Harry Kane, who finished top of both the scoring and assist charts this term, is also nominated
City starlet Foden will also get a shot at the PFA Young Players’ Player of the Year Award with the shortlist for that prize announced at the same time.
Tottenham striker Kane was the man to beat in front of goal this season with 23 league goals and 14 assists for Spurs, who ended the campaign in seventh place.
Meanwhile, Manchester United star Fernandes was pivotal to the Red Devils ending the season as Premier League runners-up with 18 goals and 11 assists for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
The PFA list is slightly different from the Premier League’s own Player of the Year Award shortlist announced on Tuesday, with Gundogan and Foden not shortlisted for that prize.
City star De Bruyne won last year’s PFA Player of the Year Award for the 2019-20 season
De Bruyne’s team-mate Foden has also been nominated for PFA Young Player of the Year
The eight-man shortlist listed by England’s top flight included nominations for Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah, Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount and Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, along with City duo De Bruyne and Dias.
Mount was, however, named in the Young Player of the Year shortlist, along with England team-mate Foden.
Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, Manchester United winger Mason Greenwood, Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold and West Ham’s Declan Rice will also contest the prize.
Liverpool star Alexander-Arnold was last season’s winner of the Young Players’ prize, as Jurgen Klopp’s Reds raced to the 2019-20 league title.