Since the season 1973/74 have professional footballers in the English rows designated player of the year on the domestic front, the so-called PFA awards. Again this year there must, of course, is a winner.
Betting the big favorite is the Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk. He reports that he - surprisingly enough - pointing to a player at titelkandidaterne from Manchester City. The dutchman, who with a heavy hand, with no backstop in The rear rank, tells that he has identified the former Liverpool player, Raheem Sterling to win PFA Player of the Year title.
- He has had a fantastic season. He deserves it, says van Dijk to a press conference before tonight's Champions League quarter-final against Tottenham. The dutchman promises also reveals that Sterling is not the only City player he had in mind.
- I could also have voted on Bernardo Silva and other players from the City. But I'm completely honest. I think that he (Raheem Sterling, ed.) has improved a great deal.
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Virgil van Dijk has pointed to Raheem Sterling. Photo: Ritzau Scanpix
the Rules for the election implies that a player must not point to a teammate. Therefore, van Dijk not had the opportunity to point to, among others, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané, who are both outsiders to take the title. The former took the title last year.
If, as spådommene at the time of writing provides for, succeed Virgil van Dijk to take the title, it is the first time since the 2001/02 season, to a dutchman wins. At that time it was Ruud van Nistelrooy, who could be the crown after his debut season at Manchester United.
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