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Mohamed Salah is the most talked about player on the planet right now. It's impossible to name a time when a footballer made the switch between Europe's top five leagues and made such an impact upon his arrival. The nearest thing would be Cristiano Ronaldo and his move to Real Madrid in 2009. The Portugal international scored 33 goals in his inaugural season there. Salah already has 41 with potentially six to games to spare.
There were no gasps of surprise when it was announced that the Egypt international won the PFA Player of the Season Award over the weekend. But there is always an alternative view in football: Manchester City's dominance and victory in the league has been being so fluid and effective that there are now discussions about how they could rival Manchester United's treble-winning side or even The Invincibles. This robust and unearthly Guardiola-stamped side was spearheaded by Kevin de Bruyne, and this, some feel, makes a case for him who should've won the award.
That 'some' being former Arsenal defender Martin Keown. In his Daily Mail column, the TV pundit claimed that Salah should not have won the award and Manchester City midfielder should've picked up the gong for his incredible input in City's dazzling campaign.
"If I was still playing he would have had my vote.
"Only a few weeks ago we were all hailing Manchester City as one of the greatest sides to win the Premier League," explained Keown.
"Every team needs that player in midfield who will boss the game, develop the play and create the chances for the goal-scorers"
It's been said that there is a biased in choosing players that operate in more advanced positions and that a goal-record is clearer to see than the intricate technical performances of someone playing deeper. Someone like the Belgian. 40 goal-plus is some feat, however.
"City would not be dominating in the Premier League without De Bruyne's vision and desire to take the game to the opposition.
"Every game he serves up a dazzling array of balls for strikers to finish."
What do you think, should he have won the award?
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