Who could win the 2021 PFA Player of the Year? - Fernandes, Kane, De Bruyne and more

The PFA Player of the Year is one of a small handful of awards a player can win at the end of the season. In an unpredictable 2020/21 campaign who will walk off with the top prize?

The curtain will soon fall on what can only be described as one of the strangest seasons in the history of the Premier League.

While many focus on the major trophies, as well as promotions and relegations, the PFA Player of the Year award shouldn't be forgotten. Like with many results this season 'who will win?' is becoming increasingly unpredictable.

Planet Sport highlights this year's star performers who may be crowned the Player of the Year in April.

We've also pulled together a list of those who might be worth an outside punt.

Bruno Fernandes

It's no surprise that Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes sits at the top of the bookies' list for the Premier League Player of the Year.

The Portuguese playmaker is in third place on the assists chart with 10, as well as scoring an outstanding 15 goals. Fernandes's contribution has pushed Man United into a potential Champions League spot.

However, the Red Devils have a tough run of games to end their season, still having to play Manchester City, Liverpool, and Leicester City. Failure to perform in these games might seal Fernandes's fate, and someone else could claim the crown.

Fernandes's odds of winning the PFA Player of the Year priced at 6/5 with Bet365.

Ilkay Gundogan

Manchester City are leading the way at the top of the Premier League table, with perhaps the unlikely figure of Ilkay Gundogan their man in form.

Gundogan has been City's player of the season. Scoring 11 times and assisting once, the midfielder has played a key role in City's domination this season.

Ilkay Gundogan double delivers record-extending 16th straight win for Man City
Ilkay Gundogan double delivers record-extending 16th straight win for Man City

In January, Gundogan scored five goals in six games, securing Premier Player of the Month, as well as helping his side take control of the title race.

Manchester City are currently on a 13 game winning streak, and it appears that no one can stop especially in their upcoming fixtures.

Although they have Man United, Leicester and Chelsea to play, they also have the likes of Wolves, Fulham, Brighton, and Newcastle. With an expected goals stat of 7.71Gx, Gundagon is expected to continue his top form, and may move above Fernandes as the bookies favourite for the Player of the Year award.

Gundogan is currently priced at 6/1 with SkyBet.

Ruben Dias

Another star player for Manchester City makes our list, but this time it's a defender.

Dias has been an unstoppable force at the back for City this season; and after Virgil Van Dijk's PFA Player of the Year win in 2019, what to stop Dias from doing the same?

Ruben Dias has made a big impression since joining City
Ruben Dias has made a big impression since joining City

In his first season in the blue half of Manchester, the defender has kept an amazing 15 clean sheets and has become a key player in Pep Guardiola's fifth season at City.

In Manchester City's coming games, it is highly likely that Dias will increase his number of clean sheets, which may shorten his odds at the bookies.

Dias's currently priced at 15/2 with WilliamHill.

Kevin De Bruyne

Our third City on the list and perhaps the most obvious of the trio so far.

De Bruyne will be looking to retain his PFA Player of the Year award from the 2019/20 season, as he looks to help Manchester City win their fifth Premier League title.

Kevin De Bruyne embraces Manchester City teammate Joao Cancelo
Kevin De Bruyne embraces Manchester City teammate Joao Cancelo

However, De Bruyne's season has been riddled with injuries, but he has shown his class in the matches he has played. The midfielder has 11 assists so far, as well as scoring three times.

In January, the Belgian made goal contributions four times in four games, before being ruled out of action with a hamstring injury. Since coming back, he has only played 73 minutes in two games, but has surely got a few more assists and goals in the tank until the end of the season.

De Bruyne is priced at 12/1 with SkyBet.

Jack Grealish

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish has had one of his best seasons as a player, forcing his way onto the potential list of PFA Player of the Year nominees.

The Englishman has provided ten assists to Villa's cause this season and is the driving force behind the club's bid for a top ten finish. His performances at Aston Villa may have already secured his ticket to this summer's Euros.

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish aims for top-10 finish in Premier League
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish aims for top-10 finish in Premier League

The modern day Paul Gascoigne as he has been labelled, may find it difficult to surpass Kevin De Bruyne in the assists table, but he certainly has a chance.

However, Grealish has been sidelined due to a leg injury, with Dean Henderson confirming he will miss Villa's trip to Wolves.

With the potential of missing games against Sheffield United, Newcastle and Fulham, will Grealish have enough games to help his side reach European spots this season, and boost his bid for the PFA Player of the year award?

Jack Grealish is currently priced at 16/1 at Bet365.

Harry Kane

Tottenham's target man has played some of his best soccer at Spurs this season and may have a shot at the PFA Player of the Year award.

Kane has been the main provider of goals and assists this season for Spurs, with 14 and 11 respectively. Although Spurs' form has slipped since they were top of the league in November, Kane has continued to perform admirably.

Harry Kane shoots against Burnley
Harry Kane shoots against Burnley

With a north London derby and big games against Manchester United and Leicester approaching, contributions from Harry Kane could push Spurs backup the table, and nudge him closer to the PFA Player of the Year crown.

Could Kane be the first Englishman to win the award in over a decade?

Kane is currently priced at 12/1 with Bet365.

Mohammed Salah

Although Liverpool have drastically declined in form, Mohammed Salah has not. The striker has continued to display his goal ability when Liverpool have needed it most.

Leading the way as Premier League top goal scorer with 17, the Egyptian is already a strong favourite for the Golden Boot. However, that is not the only personal achievement he may be handed this season.

Mohamed Salah, Liverpool, Sheffield United, 2020
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool, Sheffield United, 2020

Liverpool are two points off the top four, and many are expecting the Reds to miss out on Champions League soccer next season. However, if Salah continues to perform, especially in the coming games against Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United, he could help his side revive their season at a crucial moment.

Salah is currently priced at 33/1 by Bet365.

Phil Foden

This young Englishman is a star for the future, and it's inspiring to see him already on the list of PFA Player of the Year.

Foden has been crucial to Man City success this season. The 20-year-old has scored six goals and three assists so far this season.

Phil Foden brimming with confidence after seizing his chance once again
Phil Foden brimming with confidence after seizing his chance once again

As well as all the other Man City players on this list, Foden is expected to contribute further to Man City's title success, pushing him towards personal glory. Although it is more likely that he will scoop the Young Player Award than the main one this season...but you never know.

Foden is currently priced at 25/1 with BetWay.

Heung-min Son

Alongside Kane, Son has been a danger to most opposition defenders this season.

Son has scored 13 goals and provided eight assists for Spurs this season, and would be a major contender if the London club's season hadn't nosedived after Christmas.

Son-Heung-min celebrates a goal
Son-Heung-min celebrates a goal

A late burst of form could give Son an outside shot at winning the PFA Player of the Year, but as his price shows many bookies are starting to let his price drift.

Son is currently priced at 50/1 with Bet365.

Jamie Vardy

The last player on our list has once again had a brilliant season.

Vardy has scored 12 goals this campaign, as well as chipping in with five assists. His Leicester side appear assured of another crack at Champions League soccer next season and can also still mathematically win the title.

Jamie Vardy celebrates a goal against Arsenal
Jamie Vardy celebrates a goal against Arsenal

If Vardy relives his title winning season at Leicester and helps his side achieve domestic glory, there is no doubt he will be up there for PFA Player of the Year.

Vardy's is currently priced at 66/1 by Bet365.

Honorable mentions:

Raheem Sterling - 66/1

Marcus Rashford - 100/1

Ederson - 150/1

Saido Mane - 200/1

Nick Pope - 100/1

Thomas Soucek - 150/1

Jordan Henderson - 250/1

James Ward-Prowse - 200/1

Dominic Calvert-Lewin - 100/1

Richarlison - Everton - 150/1

Patrick Bamford - 200/1

James Maddison - 100/1

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