PFA Player of the Year: Did Mahrez deserve to win?

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Riyad Mahrez is officially the PFA Player of the Year for the 2015/16 season. Great news for Foxes’ fans, but did Riyad really deserve the award or were there others more ‘deserving’ of the honour? With 17 goals and 11 assists in the league this year, it is hard to argue with the result. Arguing the case for other stars is justified, it is all subjective at the end of the day, but was there any way that Mahrez could have been beaten to the prize? These footballers certainly put up a good fight.

 

Harry Kane

 

Following on from Mahrez, Kane was probably the most likely footballer to take the award for his efforts this season. 24 goals in the league alone this season meant that Kane helped Spurs to a guaranteed top 2 finish and Champions League football for next year, a season that has beaten all expectations that Spurs fans will have had. A big question surrounding Kane was whether or not he could match the standard he set for himself last year and conjure up another impressive return in front of goal. He did that and more.

Kane has an impressive goal return for this season.

Kane has an impressive goal return for this season.

Kane’s stock has risen to new heights and the English striker has been reminiscent of a young Wayne Rooney and all the buzz that surrounded him at a similar point early on in his career. It has been suggested that Kane has the potential to break Alan Shearer’s goal record in the league with the bright start he has had.

Spurs need to hold onto their target man for next year, but for now, Kane will have to settle with the knowledge that he has been one of the best in the country this season and could just have easily taken the gong from Mahrez.

 

Jamie Vardy

 

Another English striker who has had a tremendous year, Jamie Vardy, the record breaker has introduced himself to football’s top league in the best way possible. Blowing the metaphorical door off its hinges this season, Vardy broke the record for goals scored in successive games netting in 11 consecutive Premier League games, breaking the record previously held by Ruud Van Nistelrooy. Perhaps surprisingly, even after scoring an impressive 22 goals so far this season, Vardy has still had his doubters. Perhaps to do with his fiery temper or lack of ‘boy next door’ good looks, Vardy still seems very underrated for what he has accomplished this season.

Leicester look set to be the league leaders when all 38 games have been played and Vardy’s reward for this season should be a ticket to the Euro’s, but nothing is guaranteed, his contribution this season however, has been massive. Vardy would have a right to feel like he deserves the top award for the season, but I am sure he will be partying regardless.

 

Dimitri Payet

 

‘I just don’t think you understand!‘ West Ham fans have fallen in love with ‘Dimi’ this season and it’s easy to see why. Fans of a club like West Ham are wonderful, they sing loud and represent their club like their lives depend on it, but the club don’t always reward their players with great signings or even good results. This year, West Ham fans all around the world got everything they wanted, a world-class manager, a string of fantastic results and a signing to get behind. With 9 goals and 9 assists in 26 appearances and some absolutely world-beating free kicks, Payet had West Ham fans eating out of the palm of his hand. They sold out their stadium week in and week out for their last year at Upton Park and Dimitri gave the ground a great send off.

West Ham are pushing for European football and it looks like they have a real chance. His craftsmanship on the ball and on the field mean that Payet’s influence on the team should not be discredited at all.

 

The team of the season looked amazing this year, truly an eleven made up of the best this season had to offer and in that team were another batch of players that you could make an argument for.

Did Mahrez deserve to win or was the rest of the eleven overlooked?

Did Mahrez deserve to win or was the rest of the eleven overlooked?

Did Mahrez deserve to win the award? Yes. That is not to say that Kane, Vardy and Payet did not have a shout, those three, at the very least, should be going to represent their countries this summer. It has been a wonderfully close and unexpected season, one that many of the clubs will look at with great fondness, on the flip side of that, it is one that many of the ‘big’ clubs will look at and grumble in horror upon reflection.

 

Mahrez winning the top player prize in English football sets a new bar for those to follow. You do not have to be a big name to win, you have to play big to win.

 

All stats correct up to 25/04/2016 according to the official Premier League website

 

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