The Arsenal attacker Bukayo Saka has been chosen one of 8 nominees for the Premier League Player of the Year award 2021-22, but Cristiano Ronaldo did not make the cut..
Saka broke the 10-goal threshold in the top flight this season with 11 goals and 6 assists in thirty six appearances for Mikel Arteta’s Champions League chasers.
Arsenal continue to be a single point clear of Tottenham Hotspur in fourth place in the Premier League table in spite of Thursday’s 3-0 North London derby defeat, and the England international is facing tough competition for the title.
Saka may be the sole Arsenal player to have been shortlisted for the Player of the Season award, however there’s no sign of Manchester United talisman Ronaldo, that was just recently crowned April’s Player of the Month.
The 37-year-old has found the net 18 times in the Premier League this season, but is absent from the squad together with the majority of his Man United teammates after their failure to qualify for the Champions League.
Son Heung-min was also nominated across North London, with the South Korean international having scored his 21st non-penalty goal of the league season in the 3-0 win over Arsenal in midweek.
Son also has provided 7 assists and sits in second position in the leading scorer charts, however his teammate and prolific attacking partner Harry Kane misses out on a nomination.
Manchester City have two representatives in the form of Joao Cancelo and Kevin De Bruyne, the former having played a role in eight goals this season (one goal along with seven assists) while additionally leading the division in passes.
In the meantime, De Bruyne’s four goals against Wolverhampton Wanderers in midweek has brought him up to 15 strikes for the season for the title holders as well as seven times to set up his teammates.
The Belgian was proclaimed PL Player of the Season 2019-20 and is now in contention to become the fourth person to win more than a single award in the category after Ronaldo, Thierry Henry and Nemanja Vidic.
Liverpool are additionally represented by two players, with present top scorer Mohamed Salah still leading the Golden Boot charge with 22 hits and 13 assists, although his performances have been somewhat diminished over the past couple of weeks.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s twelve assists in league action this season sees him second only to Salah in this respect, and the England international additionally played a role in 17 clean sheets for the side of Jurgen Klopp.
West Ham United forward Jarrod Bowen is up for the accolade after achieving double figures in both goals and also assists for the title – chasing Hammers this season; only Paulo Di Canio did so for the London club.
Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse and his dead ball skills have come to the forefront for the Saints this season, and the England international has nine goals and five assists this term, with four of those goals coming from free kicks.
2021-22 PREMIER LEAGUE Player Of the SEASON:
Arsenal Bukayo Saka (Bukayo Saka)
Liverpool: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool):
Manchester City): Joao Cancelo
Manchester City) Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur): Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur)
West Ham United: Jarrod Bowen (Jarrod Bowen)