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Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum Wades In On Player Of The Year Debate

Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum Wades In On Player Of The Year Debate

It's likely to be between Mo Salah and Kevin De Bruyne but the Reds' midfielder can't vote for his teammate.

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Ryan Sidle

Will it be Kevin de Bruyne or will it be Mo Salah? Surely one of those two players will win the PFA Player of the Year award this season. Salah's teammate Georginio Wijnaldum doesn't think it's quite that easy.

For a team sport people don't half love an individual award in football. Be it the Ballon d'Or, Player of the Year or even the Sport's Personality, we just can't get away from them.

This season the battle to be the Premier League's Player of the Year had added intrigue because, unlike the league itself, there's actually a fun little battle emerging to decide the winner.

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In the red corner is Mo Salah. Leading the scoring for Liverpool and the league the Egyptian has had a ridiculous season and is arguably the reason between his side qualifying for next season's Champions League and not.

In the blue corner is Kevin de Bruyne. The Belgian has stepped up his levels from last season and has been an integral cog, arguably the integral cog, in Manchester City's march to the title.

However Salah's fellow Liverpool player Georginio Wijnaldum believes it's not so clear cut, adding in another name. He can't vote for Salah and was asked by ESPN who he would vote for, saying:

"I haven't voted yet but, if I had to choose, I would probably vote for De Bruyne or Kane.

"Mo Salah has had a wonderful year, the same with Kevin De Bruyne. Mo has scored a lot of goals, De Bruyne has scored a lot of goals and given a lot of assists.

"They are both very important for their team, so it's fair enough that one of those two would win it.

"I think Harry Kane could win it also. He has a lot goals this season."

Kane won the young player award in the 2014/15 season. Image: PA Images
Kane won the young player award in the 2014/15 season. Image: PA Images

Of course Kane could be an excellent choice but he has one problem with voting to take place relatively soon and that's his current injury.

Whilst he may have already bagged 24 goals this season, with Salah the only man ahead of him as it stands, he may not play again this season and is certainly unlikely to be back by the time everyone has voted.

It's a difficult one to call but perhaps it can be argued by how much each side would have been hit by one of the players being out of their team, would that make Salah the winner? Is that a fair way to look at it?

Who should win?

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Topics: Manchester City, Liverpool, Player Of The Year, Football News, PFA, Premier League, Kevin de Bruyne, Mo Salah