With one of the most unpredictable and exciting seasons in memory coming to an end, the shortlist for the FTBpro PFA Fan Player of the Season has been announced. The following twelve players have all been instrumental in their team’s success this year, and six of them have been welcome recipients of the FTBpro PFA Fan Player of the Month award throughout the season. Show your support, and vote for your FTBpro PFA Fan Player of the Season!
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Had the Arsenal midfielder not missed four months of the season through injury then there may well have been a different name on the Premier League trophy this season. The 23 year old Wales midfielder hit the ground running and despite Arsenal losing their opening game against Aston Villa, Ramsey’s performances helped the Gunners remain at the top of the table in the first half of the season. Ramsey was voted the Fan Player of the Month for September and rightly so. He scored four goals and provided one assist to help Arsenal take maximum points during the month. When he limped out of the 3-1 win over West Ham in December Arsenal’s form dipped and as a result Arsenal’s title challenge faltered. His return to fitness in the last couple of weeks of the season helped Arsenal secured Champions League football for a 16th consecutive season.
Ramsey deserves to be on the list of nominated players for the Fan Player of the Year award having scored 13 goals in 27 appearances in all competitions before his injury.
The Southampton and England international has been a revelation this season, and his form means that he is almost a certainty to be included in Roy Hodgson’s England World Cup squad. Whether it be central midfield, wide left, wide right or behind the frontman, Lallana’s creativity on the ball and added goal threat have been very impressive this season. Lallana has played in every league game this season for Southampton scoring nine goals and providing six assists for his team mates. In only their second season back in the Premier League Southampton will finish in 8th place.
The Manchester City striker’s first season in English football has been very successful and he was crowned the FTBpro Fan Player of the Month for December scoring three goals in six games. Negredo’s goals helped City win five of their six Premier League games in December – the only points they dropped were in the 1-1 draw against Southampton. In total Negredo has scored an impressive nine goals this season, seven of which have come at home. With two games remaining Manchester City are on course for a second Premier League title in three years.
Daniel Sturridge’s goals have propelled Liverpool to a position they would never have imagined back in August. His strike partner Luis Suarez may have taken most of the plaudits in front of goal, but without Sturridge there to complement the Uruguayan Liverpool might not have pulled off such an unlikely title challenge. Sturridge has scored an impressive 21 goals this season in just 21 games and he was named the FTBpro PFA Fan player of the month for February in which he scored five goals and racked up two assists.
When fit and available Sturridge has performed at consistently high level this season and England fans will be hoping he can take this form into the World Cup. Sturridge is the highest scoring Englishman in the Premier League this season and would be a worthy winner of the fan player of the year award.
The Chelsea and Belgium international midfielder has been by far Chelsea’s standout performer this season. Under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, Hazard has enjoyed his best season in a Chelsea shirt since moving to the club and has scored 14 premier league goals this season. Hazard’s return of 14 goals is only bettered by Yaya Toure (19). The Chelsea midfielder won the FTBpro PFA Fan Player of the month award in March helping Chelsea to crucial wins against Tottenham and Arsenal in which he scored penalties in both games. Despite missing games in April through injury, in recognition of his great performances this season the 23 year old was recently crowned PFA Young player of the season.
Despite not featuring much during the first half of the season under Andre Villas Boas, since Tim Sherwood took charge of first team at Tottenham Adebayor has returned to form in front of goal scoring 10 goals in just 19 league appearances. Braces against Southampton, Swansea, Newcastle and Sunderland have kept Tottenham on course for a top six finish and with it European qualification for next season.
The Liverpool striker has been in outstanding form this season and is on course to win the Premier League golden boot for the first time having scored 31 goals so far. A series of man of the match performances has left Liverpool on the brink of their first Premier League title in over 20 years although it looks as though they will fall just short to Manchester City. No team has scored more goals than Liverpool in the Premier League season by and large to the goal scoring exploits of Suarez and striker partner Daniel Sturridge. Suarez helped himself to hat- tricks over West Brom and Cardiff and four goals in the game against Norwich. Despite not scoring Suarez was instrumental in helping Liverpool to key victories over rivals title rivals Arsenal and Manchester City.
Suarez has won the FTBpro PFA Fan player of the month award three times this season in October, November and again in January and was deservedly crowned PFA Player of the Year voted for by his peers. There are few players in the world right now that can compete with Suarez’s goal scoring exploits, a worthy candidate for the fans award.
The 19 year old Liverpool winger has been in great form since breaking into the first team under Brendan Rogers this season scoring nine goals and five assists. Sterling’s form saw him win the April Fan player of the month award in which he scored three times. Sterling scored in the 3-2 win over title rivals Manchester City and then followed this up with a brace against Norwich as well as providing an assist for Luis Suarez in another 3-2 win. The young England international will be hoping his good run of form particularly towards the end of the season will be enough to see him included in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad.
Right back Seamus Coleman has been instrumental under Spaniard Roberto Martinez this season and the young Irish defender has played in all but two league games. Coleman has scored six goals from full back and his marauding overlapping runs and strong performances have really caught the eye. Coleman was recently named in the PFA team of the season. Everton’s season will finish on a high with one game to game they have secured a 5th place finish and with it Europa League qualification for next season.
Playing in a slightly deeper role this season, Gerrard’s performances particularly during the last month have been instrumental in Liverpool’s surge towards winning the league. Ultimately it looks like they might just fall short to title rivals Manchester City but nobody can deny that the England captain has reinvented himself under Brendan Rogers this season. Gerrard has scored 13 goals from midfield and provided 12 assists for his team-mates- the highest in the Premier League this season. Without Gerrard, Liverpool quite simply would not have been in a position to challenge for the title.
By all accounts it’s been a very poor season for Manchester United this term and they are on course to record their lowest ever finish in the Premier League era. However that said England striker Wayne Rooney has still managed to score 17 league goals this season. Rooney arguably scored the goal of the season against West Ham in March, a stunning lobbed volley from the half way line. despite the upheaval at Old Trafford this season Rooney’s form in front of goal has been impressive and he deservedly takes his place on the shortlist for the fans player of the season.
The influential Ivory Coast midfielder has been in outstanding form this season and his drive and determination from midfield has seen him score 19 league goals this season. Toure is the highest scoring midfielder in the Premier League and if Manchester City are to win a second Premier League title in three years then Toure must take a lot of the credit. He has also contributed seven assists in 33 appearances for City this season. A man of the match performance against neighbours Manchester United in September set the tone and the 30 year old midfielder has continued to excel. A brace against West Brom, a hatrick against Fulham and a crucial goal against Crystal Palace last month make Toure and worthy candidate for the award.
The FTBpro PFA Fan Player of the Month awards are designed to give a strong voice to the supporters who are the lifeblood of the game. The awards are endorsed by the players and supported by the clubs.
The shortlist will be whittled down to five players on May 19, with a final deadline to vote by midnight on Monday May 26. The winner will be announced on Tuesday May 27.
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