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Man City DOMINATE the PFA Player of the Year shortlist

Man City DOMINATE the PFA Player of the Year shortlist with only Bruno Fernandes and Harry Kane challenging their cohort of Ruben Dias, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan

  • Four Man City players have been nominated for the PFA Player of the Year prize 
  • Phil Foden, Ruben Dias, Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne are all shortlisted 
  • Harry Kane and Bruno Fernandes are the only other players on the list
  • City and Belgium star De Bruyne won last year’s PFA Player of the Year Award

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 will represent the Premier League champions in the shortlist after the quartet led City to their fifth top-flight title this term.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane, who finished top of the league’s goalscoring and assist charts this term, and Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes were also nominated.

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) will 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.  

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 from midfield – with the former’s run of 11 goals in 11 league games between December and February helping City build up 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.  




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