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Predicting Next Season’s Premier League Stars

 

Predicting Next Season’s PFA Player Of The Year

Predicting next season’s Premier League stars is not an easy task, but we take a look at the players who are currently the bookmakers’ favourites to have a standout year. We will also be discussing the contenders for the Young PFA Players of the Year too. All of the odds used in this article have been provided by BetVictor.

 

PFA Player Of The Year Odds 2021/22

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – 6/1 (Favourite)

The Belgian midfielder may have had a disappointing Euro 2020, but he has already been installed as the “player to watch” next season by the bookies. De Bruyne will need to first recover from the ankle ligament injury he received playing in the Red Devils’ last 16 game against Portugal. Playing through pain against Italy in the quarter final certainly did not help his recovery and Manchester City fans will hope that no long term damage was done. Providing he stays fit, there is no reason why he shouldn’t be considered as a strong contender to retain the prestigious award that he won last season.

 

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – 8/1

After a slow start at the Eur0 2020, Kane soon rediscovered his goal scoring touch and played some of his best football in England’s knockout games. Kane was hampered last season by recurring ankle issues which impacted on his goalscoring form at Spurs. His relationship with Son Heung Min was a revelation last year and the two combined for a record number of goals in a Premier League season by any duo. The big question is, where will Harry Kane be playing next season? If he stays at Tottenham he will again be the focal point of their attack. However, should he move to a bigger club, the odds on him winning the award could be greatly shortened.

 

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 12/1

When predicting next season’s Premier League stars, Mohamed Salah always needs to be in the discussion. After a generally disappointing season for Liverpool, Salah still netted an impressive 22 times, placing him second in the race for the Golden Boot. Liverpool recently announced that they would not be releasing Salah to play in the Olympics, meaning he will enter next season fresh and injury free. If Jurgen Klopp’s side can return to playing the same fast-paced, attacking style of their 2019/20 title winning season, a reinvigorated Salah should definitely not be discounted from having another memorable season.

 

Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) – 12/1

For almost a season and half the Portuguese midfielder has been the driving force behind United’s success. Fernandes suffered from fatigue towards the end of last season and his performances and influenced suffered as a result. Luckily for Manchester United fans, he wasn’t overly involved in Portugal’s Euro 2020 campaign, so he should start the season relatively well-rested. The possibility of Bruno forming a fruitful partnership with United’s £73 million new signing, Jadon Sancho is extremely exciting and could pave the way to his best ever season at Old Trafford.

 

Jadon Sancho (Manchester United TBC) – 14/1

This is the most surprising name on our list because the aforementioned £73 million deal  for Sancho has not yet been officially confirmed. Bookmakers clearly feel the 21 year old will have such an impact at Old Trafford that they have already installed Sancho as fifth favourite to win the award. The pacey forward has a lot to offer, however after he will need time to acclimatise to life in the Premier League, recover from England’s run to the final of Euro 2020 and the disappointment of missing a penalty in the shootout. It could be a season too soon for Sancho to win the PFA Player of the Year, but his talents should definitely boost United’s chance of winning a trophy or two in years to come.

 

PFA Young Player of the Year 2021/22

Phil Foden (Manchester City) – 4/1

Interestingly, the 21 year old is not only the favourite to win the PFA Young Player of the Year, but he’s also priced at 16/1 to win the PFA Player of the Year. This is a good reflection of how amazing his breakout season was last year. Foden is currently the reigning holder of the award and looks set to retain his crown, providing he can build on last season’s performances. After being displaced from the England team by Raheem Sterling, they now return to Manchester City where they will compete with each other for a place in the City starting XI. Foden needs to solidify his place in Guardiola’s side and add to his 69 Premier League appearances. The young forward has taken every challenge in his stride and there is no reason that next season cannot be even more impressive than his last.

 

Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) – 6/1

Last season Saka made an impressive 32 appearances for the Gunners, scoring 5 times with 3 assists. It is fair to say that it was a breakout year for the 19 year old, who also fought his way into Gareth Southgate’s England team. How well Saka performs this season will depend on how he will handle missing the crucial penalty in the final of Euro 2020. It will take tremendous mental strength to put the ordeal behind him and continue to be a potential star at Arsenal. The north-west London club have been linked with a number of talented players and who they add to their squad will also impact on what kind of season Saka could have.

 

Ferran Torres (Manchester City) – 8/1

Despite only starting 15 Premier League games last season, he played the majority of City’s Champions League matches and was one of the few positive high-spots of Spain’s Euro 2020 campaign. The 21 year old winger has the potential to be one of the best players in the world for years to come. Torres’ game can be further enhanced and developed by Pep Guardiola, similarly to his work with Phil Foden, and help develop the young Spaniard into a world-class talent.

 

Billy Gilmour (Norwich City) – 10/1

Snapping up the young midfield maestro might just be the best piece of transfer business that Norwich City will do this summer. The 20 year old Scot only made 11 appearances for Chelsea in the previous two seasons but his loan move to Carrow Road will be watched with great interest. Blues boss, Thomas Tuchel insists that that the loan will benefit Gilmour because of the style of play that Daniel Farke’s team play. However, questions will persist as to how much value the midfielder will get from playing a season with a team struggling at the wrong end of the league table.

 

Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal) – 12/1

Following 2 failed bids from Aston Villa, Arsenal have confirmed that Smith Rowe will be staying at the Emirates Stadium next season. Hopefully the speculation surrounding his future have not unsettled the player or affect his on field performances next month. The return of Martin Odegaard to Real Madrid and Granit Xhaka’s seemingly imminent transfer to Roma means that the 20 year old can expect more game time next season and build on the 7 goals and 7 assists he contributed last year. If Arsenal can rediscover their form and surround Smith Rowe with quality signings the odds on him winning this award could shorten considerably.

 

When is PFA Player of the Year 2021 announced?

The PFA Player of the Year Award is announced in June. Last season’s awards were announced on June 6th.

 

Who was PFA Player of the Year 2020/2021?

Kevin De Bruyne received  the accolade for a second consecutive season. Meanwhile Phil Foden was awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year Award.

 

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