The 2021/22 Premier League has had some great surprises in store, both on the sporting side and off the pitch. This Friday, EA Sports and the English Championship have just unveiled the list of nominees for the title of best player of the season. Eight players are candidates for the Grail. Public votes, which are open until May 16, will be combined with those of the 20 club captains and a panel of football experts to decide the winner.
Among the nominees are Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)who once again confirmed his status on the right flank of Liverpool. Jarrod Bowen (West Ham)a real revelation of the season with the Hammers with ten goals and ten assists; Joao Cancelo (Man City)the versatile defender of the Citizens; Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)still a quadruple height on the last day; Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), top scorer of the season with 22 goals; and Heung-min Son (Tottenham)just behind, with 21 goals scored.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Chelsea forgotten
Among the outsiders, we also find Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)who earned his starting spot this season at the age of 20, as well as James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), the captain of Southampton. However, many absences are to be noted in this list. First, that of Cristiano Ronaldo surprises fans of the English Championship. With 18 goals and 3 assists delivered, the Portuguese has carried Manchester United this season… obviously not enough to appear in this list.
Another controversy: the absence of Chelsea players. Currently third in the Premier League and still in contention for a place in the Champions League, the London club, which also qualified for the FA Cup final, does not see any of its players appearing on this list. Some Blues supporters see it as an injustice, in particular because of the news surrounding the takeover of the blue club and the link between its outgoing president Roman Abramovich and Vladimir Putin. Other notable absentees: Sadio Mané (Liverpool / 15 goals and 2 assists) and Harry Kane (Tottenham / 15 goals and 8 assists). Something to talk about in Her Majesty’s Kingdom…
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— Premier League (@premierleague) May 13, 2022