We’re entering the final weeks of the Premier League season and everything is all but settled already for the first time in a while.
Manchester City are champions for a third time in four seasons, while it’s already confirmed that Sheffield United, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham will be playing their football in the Championship next season.
Top four is the only thing left to play for at this point, although Leicester and Chelsea currently have a decent sized cushion above their rivals with only a few games left to play.
That means it’s time for the awards to come out, including the player of the season. The individual who has stood out the most over the course of the 38 game season and had the biggest impact on the success of their team in comparison to the rest of the league.
Only one can be crowned as the winner of this award, but there are three players who have a case more than any other. Here’s my picks for their order and my player of the year.
Only three players this season have managed to hit the mark of 10+ goals and assists in the Premier League this season and the Manchester United star is one of them.
Fernandes has been absolutely exceptional in the league this year and in a normal campaign he’d be the front runner for this award. He has scored 17 goals so far and registered 11 assists in the Premier League, getting a goal or assist in 18 different games from 34 appearances to prove he was a threat throughout and essential to United finishing in second place.
His desire, quality and leadership have helped United to a league-low of five defeats all season and he is the man that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have looked to for inspiration when they need it. While he’s had a couple of dry spells, his constant availability should be praised too and he deserves big plaudits for his first full season in the Premier League.
Another Portuguese star in the running for the Premier League player of the year is Manchester City’s star centre-back Ruben Dias.
The 23-year-old has been a tremendous addition to the club since signing from Benfica for a club record £65million, filling the void left by Vincent Kompany when he left the club in 2019. He has been a total colossus in the heart of the defence, making 30 appearances and keeping 14 clean sheets and seeing just 18 goals conceded during his time on the pitch.
He has lead from the back with brilliant leadership, great aerial ability, brilliant passing out from the back and officially has made zero errors leading to a goal as City have gone on to become Premier League champions for a third time in four seasons.
A Virgil Van Dijk-like impact, he deserves Van Dijk-like plaudits but unfortunately he should just miss out on this occasion.
Spurs are likely to miss out on a top four place this summer and have had a tumultuous season that have seen the club change manager and lose a cup final.
Despite that though, Harry Kane has continued to perform out of his skin and as such should be crowned as the player of the year for the Premier League 2020/21 season. The England captain has led the way in both the goals and assists charts this season for the majority of the way, hitting 20+ league goals for a fifth time in his career and registering 13 assists so far.
His partnership with Heung-Min Son has been brilliant, with a stunning 14 goals created by the duo for each other but it’s more than that for Kane. His leadership has been excellent but also his consistency in performance, constantly digging his team out of a hole when they need it. He deserves better than a mid-table finish and has been by far and away the best and most important player in the division this season, so he deserves the award more than anyone else.