6 Players Who Can Count Themselves Unlucky to Miss Out on the PFA Player of the Year Shortlist

The PFA Player of the Year nominations are out. N'Golo Kante is understandably the bookies favourite for the end of season gong, but all six of the candidates are worthy of their place on the shortlist. While shortlists can by definition only be so long, there are still a few notable omissions. Here's six men who could make up an alternative player of the year list... Any of Chelsea's immense back three of Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill and Luiz deserve recognition for their performances in...

Tom Heaton (Burnley)

Goalkeepers rarely make the shortlist for PFA Player of the Year, and players from Burnley even less.


However, Heaton has been a special player for the Clarets this season, who have defied the odds to steer well clear of relegation with a magnificent and well-documented home record.


The 30-year-old year Man Utd reject has kept nine clean sheets in the Premier League this season, and no-one has made more saves.


In fact, Heaton's total of 120 is already as many as last season's overall saves leader Heurelho Gomes, while a staggering 66 of those have been made inside the penalty area.


Heaton's stand out performances against Man Utd, Liverpool, Everton and Sunderland have proved the old adage that a good keeper really is worth 10 points a season.

Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

Some baulked at the £34m fee Liverpool paid for Mane, last summer, as they made their fifth signing from Southampton in the last three seasons. 


However, the only ones baulking now are defenders, as the Senegal international continues to run opponents ragged with his electrifying pace and skill.


Liverpool's top scorer netted in spectacular fashion on his debut against Arsenal and has been the stand out attacking performer for the Premier League's highest scorers. 


The Reds have just one league win all season without Mane in their side.

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)

Odds on to retain his Young Player of the Year crown, Alli could be forgiven for feeling somewhat put out for not making the main shortlist.


This was the season Alli went from star in the making to bonafide superstar. And what a season it's been. The Spurs man already has 16 Premier League goals from midfield.


At the age of 21, it's a feat Frank Lampard didn't accomplish until he was 27, and Steven Gerrard until he was 28. Paul Scholes' best season tally was just 13.


Alli's best form may have come just too late for the bizarrely early PFA nomination process, but he has been involved in 14 goals in 13 Premier League games for Spurs in 2017.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea)

It may still end up being a season to forget for Swansea, but for Sigurdsson, it has been undoubtedly his best and most productive campaign to date.


The 28-year-old Icelander leads the assist charts (joint with Christian Eriksen and Kevin de Bruyne at 11) and is closing in on double figures in goals for consecutive seasons.


Sigurdsson has had a direct hand in a fairly unbelievable 57% of the Swans' goals this campaign, and while Paul Clement will take the credit should he keep Wales' only representative in the top flight, you'd better believe they would be already down and out without their number 23.

Idrissa Gueye (Everton)

Romelu Lukaku and occasionally Ross Barkley take the headlines for Everton, but Gueye relentless midfield running and safeguarding of an otherwise somewhat suspect defence has been an essential component in the Toffees transformation into European challengers.


Sometimes regarded as a budget N'Golo Kante, Gueye is actually bettering Chelsea's one man engine room in a number of key areas this season.


Gueye leads the league in number of tackles this season with 122, or 4.5 per game - a full tackle per game more than Kante. While, the two men are currently joint on interceptions (67) but Gueye has enjoyed substantially less pitch time.

David Luiz (Chelsea)

Any of Chelsea's immense back three of Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill and Luiz deserve recognition for their performances in providing the base from which Chelsea have launched their title charge. However the 29-year-old Brazilian, who was famously not Antonio Conte's first choice in the transfer market when he was re-bought by Chelsea last summer, perhaps deserves special credit for his excellence. 


Much like Mane, Luiz immediately silenced the doubters on his re-introduction to English football with the kind of mature consistency many pundits labelled him as incapable of.


No Chelsea defender has made more interceptions this season, while he has lost fewer aerial duels than any of his defensive teammates.

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