De Bruyne vs Salah: Making a case for the PFA Player of the year award


The PFA Player of the Year is an annual award given to the footballer who is deemed to have played the best during the English season. It is voted for by players themselves and it is sometimes known as the ‘PFA Players’ Player of the Year’ and it is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious individual awards in English football.

This year we have Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
David De Gea (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Leroy Sane (Manchester City) and David Silva (Manchester City) shortlisted for it.

There has surely been heated debate concerning who wins it but some think its an outright contest between Liverpool’s Salah and De Bruyne.

In house, our writers Abiodun Adewale and Dehinbo Timothy have picked a candidate they think outrightly deserves to win it. While Timothy is rooting for Salah. Abiodun is pitching for De Bruyne.

Salah is PFA Player of the Year in waiting- Dehinbo Timothy

Considered yet another Premier League flop seeking another attempt at proving himself all over again, Mohamed Salah was almost an afterthought in the minds of fans and pundits. The Egyptian international joined English Premier League outfit, Liverpool last summer in a £38m deal. The fleet-footed goal scorer has been magnificent in less than a year of his Liverpool career and has attracted interest from many clubs.

The PFA nominated 6 players for the contest of its yearly award, in the previous week with Mohamed Salah and Kelvin De Bruyne in my opinion undoubtedly being the top contenders for the prize.

Here are my reasons why Salah ticks all the boxes ahead of the mercurial De Bruyne.

Salah has made Coutinho a distant memory at Anfield

With Mohamed Salah, the Brazilian, Philippe
coutinho, who was the marksman at Liverpool easily has been forgotten by Liverpoolians. Salah’s effulgence has recently caused the Liverpool fans to monicker Salah as the “Egyptian King”. It was all Coutinho before Salah came in, but Salah is here and has made himself the god at Anfield, it doesn’t come bigger than being the man everyone wants to see.

He has joined the 30-goal club

In the 2007/08 season, Cristiano Ronaldo scored 31 Premier League goals for Manchester Utd. He went ahead to win the PFA player in the Premier League. Liverpool icon, Luis Suarez achieved the feat in 2013/14 season and now 4 years later, with 3 games to spare Salah has equalled that record as a winger and certainly looks to surpass it. With this, salah deservedly should be the PFA Player of the season.

As the quibble rages on for who gets it, winning the league title should not be a criterion for the prize, besides a Luis Suarez won it in the 2013/14 season without winning the league.

Salah has proven that previous reputations has nothing to do with the present. Impossible is nothing, if only we can dare to dream.


De Bruyne is the complete player- Abiodun Adewale

Comparing players, especially when they play in different positions is usually unnecessary. But when such players are pitched against each other for an award, conviction becomes necessary by highlighting the cutting-edge of either players.

So, this is for Manchester City’s steel and flair midfielder, Kevin De Bruyne as he goes head-to-head with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah for the PFA Player of the Year Award.

Kevin De Bruyne; so many qualities in one name. A perfect blend of steel and flexibility, bossing from box-to box tirelessly and while his flair for assisting teammates in scoring burns, he still has a keen eye for goal, especially on a dry day like the Chelsea v Manchester City game.

It’s easy to imagine De Bruyne as a beneficiary of Guardiola’s tactical ingenuity, because results have come too easily for the Cityzens. But the best days to watch De Bruyne are during those trying games and big big games too. Then you’ll bear first hand witness to a how a mere winger has transformed into an all-round midfielder that dictates play with speed, power and technique.

As the chief executor of everything that goes around the pack of City’s midfield, De Bruyne has stood out consistently for City in the midfield, becoming the first player to provide 15 assists or over in a back-to-back campaign. No wonder City weren’t the same without him against Manchester United. You can call him a catalyst of City’s sublime football; he’s that brilliant with quick decision making during the heat of games.

De Bruyne basks in heavenly glow wherever he goes on the pitch. He isn’t just one player or winger like he used to be. He’s now a great passer, ball winner, dead ball specialist, and a finisher. What more can you ask for from a player who plays behind Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane?

Mo Salah has got everyone liking him by scoring his way into their hearts. He’s that influential too but KDB is an influencer of an impressive team that has trampled the Premier League. Besides, being a player of the year requires more than scoring. N’golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez are good examples.

Eleven goals plus fifteen assists and 102 chances created; more than anyone in the league is no mistake. And he has the Premier League title to show for it with five games to spare. The Belgian is that good and this definitely has to be his year.

So what do you think? Is it definitely one of either two candidates for you or is it another? Feel free to drop a comment below.

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