Harry Kane and David de Gea are both delighted to be nominated for both the PFA Player of the Year and the Young Player of the Year awards.
Manchester United shot stopper, De Gea, says he is “honoured” to be included in the shortlist for the prestigious accolade given to the best player/ best young player in the English Premier League season, as voted by fellow players and the Professional Footballers’ Association respectively.
The Spaniard is joined by Tottenham Hotspur winger Kane, Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard in contention for both gongs.
Arsenal and Chelsea strikers Alexis Sanchez and Diego Costa respectively completes the shortlist for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year prize, while Chelsea’s Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Liverpool Raheem Sterling are the other players in contention for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
The last goalkeeper to win the player of the year award was England and Nottingham Forest legend Peter Shilton in 1978.
De Gea was one of the top performers for Louis van Gaal’s side, believed to transiting into a new era and football ideologies. He has made 32 league appearances for the club so far, with 2,880 first-team minutes already under his belt.
England international, Kane, has had a breakthrough campaign in the current dispensation, having notched up 19 goals to sit joint-top of the Premier League goal-scorers’ chart with Costa and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker is only one goal away from equaling the 30 goal benchmark in all competition for past winners.
“I’m delighted to be nominated for both awards, to have that appreciation from fellow players is a huge honour and it shows you are doing the right thing,” he told Spurs’ official website.
“It’s been a hectic, crazy season with a lot of highs and this is another special moment.”