After a scintillating season to date, can Mohamed Salah earn himself another PFA Player of the Year gong in 2022?
Find the latest PFA Player of the Year odds* for the 2021/2022 season here:
|Player||Sky Bet||William Hill|
|Kevin De Bruyne||9/4||5/2|
|Virgil van Dijk||25/1||33/1|
*You have to be 18+ to gamble. All odds within this article are accurate at the time of writing (16:00, 13/05/2022). BeGambleAware.
PFA Player of the Year 2021/2022
The PFA Player of the Year is one of the more prestigious individual awards available within English football and is awarded to the player that is voted the best in the Premier League by their peers during the season.
Recent winners include Liverpool duo Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah, although Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has picked up the gong in each of the last two consecutive seasons.
All of those men are in the running again this time around, but they also face competition from the likes of Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden.
Indeed we have well and truly entered award season as the nominees for the Premier League Player of the Season, Premier League Manager of the Season and Premier League Young Player of the Season were all recently announced. Separate to the PFA Player of the Year, the Premier League’s own version is decided by a panel consisting of “football’s governing bodies, the media and fans”.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jarrod Bowen, Joao Cancelo, Kevin De Bruyne, Bukayo Saka, Mohamed Salah, Son Heung-min and James Ward-Prowse were on the shortlist for the Player of the Season award, while Alexander-Arnold and Saka were also among those selected for the Young Player of the Season accolade alongside Phil Foden, Conor Gallagher, Tyrick Mitchell, Mason Mount, Aaron Ramsdale and Declan Rice.
Thomas Frank, Pep Guardiola, Eddie Howe, Jurgen Klopp and Patrick Vieira were all chosen for the Premier League Manager of the Season award.
OFFICIAL: The nominees for the 2021/22 Premier League Player of the Season:
◎ Trent Alexander-Arnold
◎ Jarrod Bowen
◎ João Cancelo
◎ Kevin De Bruyne
◎ Bukayo Saka
◎ Mohamed Salah
◎ Son Heung-min
◎ James Ward-Prowse#PLAwards
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) May 13, 2022
Mohamed Salah odds-on for PFA gong
Mohamed Salah has been simply breath-taking this season, and after 34 appearances the Liverpool striker has 22 goals to his name — just ahead of Son Heung-Min as one of only two players who have struck at least 20 times this campaign.
Salah has won the award once before already and given his form, also leading the Premier League charts for most assists (13), he has certainly made a very convincing case to be the winner of multiple end-of-season gongs, particularly if Liverpool defy odds and mount a late turnaround for the title.
Throughout his career at Anfield Salah has retained a level of consistency that’s rarely seen in such a high standard of league, but it’s fair to say that so far this term he’s taken his performances to yet another new level — can he keep that up over the next two games to secure the trophy?
Who are the other contenders in the PFA Player of the Year race?
Kevin De Bruyne is Salah’s closest rival for his role in helping Man City lead the title race going into the final two matches, though his influence isn’t as easily recognisable as Salah’s with his goals and assists.
That said, the brilliant Belgian is currently enjoying his most prolific Premier League scoring season, entering the penultimate match of the campaign fresh from firing four past Wolves to consolidate City’s stranglehold on first — that four-frontal assault at Molineux puts him joint-fourth in the Golden Boot race.
But he’ll also face stiff competition from teammates such as Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva before even considering players from elsewhere, with Son Heung-Min recently enjoying a scoring purple patch that has fired his name right into the mix.
Harry Kane could be in the running after rediscovering something resembling his best form in recent weeks, while Sadio Mane has hit his peak at the right time.
Bookmaker’s Dark Horses For the PFA Player of the Year
Declan Rice could be considered among those dark horses if he and the Hammers continue to fly high towards the top of the table and secure seventh, which would confirm European football for successive seasons, while Liverpool’s Diogo Jota has slotted in seamlessly at Anfield. The former Wolves man has a knack for scoring key goals for the Reds and could play a decisive role in the final two games as Liverpool chase a second league title in three seasons.
There are further Manchester City stars considered to be in the equation as well, including Joao Cancelo. The Portugal international has carved out a reputation as one of the world’s best attacking full-backs, with pace to cover the length of the field and creativity to expose defences in the final third.
He was named in the PFA Team of the Year last season, but can he claim the individual award this term?
Premier League Outright Odds: Other Markets
There are plenty of other outright markets to bet on alongside the PFA Player of the Year and even further individual awards. For example, you can find the latest Premier League Golden Boot odds right here.
Markets such as Outright Winner and To Be Relegated are known to most punters but you can now also bet on markets including a Top Four Finish, a Top Half Finish and next manager to leave their post. With some firms, you can now even bet on certain teams to finish above other teams come the end of the campaign. For example, Tottenham to finish the season as the highest placed London club after their recent 3-0 dismantling of Arsenal anyone?