The nominees for this year’s PFA awards were announced today and they were almost a complete shake-up compared to last season’s awards as Eden Hazard is the only nominee from this year that has been nominated before. Chelsea are well represented in both categories as Costa and Hazard feature amongst the senior nominees while Hazard and Thibaut Courtois feature amongst the youth nominees. Manchester United keeper David de Gea is nominated in both categories while so is Tottenham sensation Harry Kane.
Liverpool are also represented despite their mixed season as Philippe Coutinho in nominated in both categories while Raheem Sterling joins his team-mate in the young player of the year category. Arsenal have been on excellent form recently and this has led to their Chilean attacker Alexis Sanches being nominated in the senior category. Altogether, the nominees have scored a total of 75 Premier League goals, created 33 assists and kept 19 clean sheets.
Diego Costa – Chelsea (Nominated for PFA Player of the Year)
The 26 year was an instant hit for Chelsea when he arrived from Atletico Madrid last summer and hit the ground running when he began his career in the Premier League. The Spanish international has scored 19 Premier League goals in 24 appearances so far but it could have been much more if he avoided injury and didn’t stamp on Liverpool’s Emre Can which resulted in a ban for the striker. The forward also showed he is a team player this season as he created 3 assists and has a successful passing rate of 76.2% out of the 646 passes he made. Besides his disciplinary problems which resulted in a suspension and 9 yellow cards for the player, he showed his influence by being award 5 man of the match awards in the league this season.
Thibaut Courtois – 22 (Nominated for PFA Young Player of the Year)
The Belgian keeper has been nominated in amongst the young player of the year nominees as he immediately settled into being Chelsea’ first choice keeper after returning from a lengthy loan spell at Atletico Madrid. Courtois has been consistent, vocal and commanding in between the sticks and has often saved his side especially in games where they have played well below par such as their 0-1 away win to QPR. The Belgian has kept 9 clean sheets in 27 games while he has made 61 catches, 65 saves and saved 71.4% of the shots attempted on his goal.
Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool (Nominated for PFA Player & Young Player of the Year)
The 22 year old Brazilian started the season off slowly as Liverpool struggled for form but he really showed his incredible abilities from February onwards. Coutinho scored the winning goals in the FA Cup replays against Bolton and Blackburn while he also scored a winning goal against Manchester City in the league as well as a beauty of a goal against Southampton. The Brazilian wizard has been nominated in both the senior and the youth categories for scoring important goals rather than for his form. This season, Coutinho has scored 4 times and created 4 assists in 26 Premier League appearances while he has a successful passing rate of 80% out of the 1,221 passes he made.
David de Gea – Manchester United (Nominated for PFA Player & Young Player of the Year)
De Gea has been nominated in both categories because he has been one of Manchester United’s top performers in a season where they have improved massively compared to last season’s disappointments. The Spanish keeper has often made key saves this season that have guaranteed United three points or saved them from losing a game so he has played a massive role in their progression up the league table. The keeper has kept 10 cleans sheets in 32 appearances, made 81 saves, saved 73% of the shots attempted on his goal, made 23 catches.
Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur (Nominated for PFA Player & Young Player of the Year)
The 21 year old’s sensational form at the beginning of the season came out of the blue and many expected it not to last as they believed the youngster got lucky. Although, the English forward proved them all wrong and has continued his impressive form right throughout the season as he has scored a whopping 19 goals in 22 Premier League appearances. The striker has also created 3 assists, won 5 man of the match awards and has a successful passing rate of 75.1% out of the 707 passes he has made. The English striker’s heroics in the London derby will always be remembered by the Tottenham fans and it is just one of the many reasons that he is a deserved nominee in both categories.
Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal (Nominated for PFA Player of the Year)
Arsenal’s purchase of Alexis Sanchez last summer has to be one of the best transfer deals the club has done in their recent transfer history. The Chilean winger had an unbelievable start to the 14/15 season but he had a rough patch during the mid-season but returned to excellent form during Arsenal’s current win spree. The attacker’s pace, skill and eye for goal is breath-taking and he is bound to be a hero for the Gunners for many years to come. This season, Sanchez has scored 14 goals and made 8 assists in 28 appearances. The Chilean has won 7 man of the match awards in the Premier League and has a successful passing rate of 76.8% out of the 1,167 passes he has made so far this season.
Raheem Sterling – Liverpool (Nominated for PFA Young Player of the Year)
The 20 year old has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons recently due to his contract negotiations and a laughing gas controversy. Despite this, the winger has had his best season in the Premier League so far in his career as he has scored 7 times in 30 appearances and made 7 assists which is the most assists for any player under 23 in the Premier League. The English international has won 3 man of the match awards and has a successful passing rate of 80.1% out of the 966 passes he has made this season. The winger has improved his goal-scoring record, showed off his amazing skills and created goals for his team this season and is a deserved nominee in the young player category.