Premier League Player of the Season: Ranking the Candidates – NBC Sports

Premier League Player of the Season: Ranking the Candidates - NBC Sports

As we enter the final months of the 2022-2023 season, this is a good time to reflect on the Premier League Player of the Season candidates.

It’s not that easy this season, is it?

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From Erling Haaland collecting goals in abundance to Arsenal’s young players who shine and are talismans who carry their teams through the competition, this award could go to very different places.

Below are the Premier League Player of the Season contenders on their way to the home game.

Ranking of the Premier League Player of the Season Candidates

7.Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)

KDB once again lead the Premier League in assists and his silky smooth passes and crosses propel this Manchester City side. He’s had a dip in form this season and struggled a bit with injuries, but he still consistently delivers mind-boggling moments and is always hungry to deliver. He’s the kind of character you’re looking for. His link with Erling Haaland has been particularly strong and KDB is poised to lead City to a trophy push at the end of the season.

6.Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)

He has reached the Premier League mark of 20 goals for the sixth time in nine full PL seasons in his career. The other three seasons he scored 17, 18 and 17. His consistency is remarkable and Kane is on track to improve on his best ever PL score of 30. play is obvious. With Heung-min Son having a bad season, Spurs will worry that Kane may have a bad back late in the season from all the hauling he’s been through this campaign…

5. Ivan Toney (Brentford)

Brentford’s main man has 15 goals and is leading their unlikely attack for Europe. The Bees and Toney was supposed to be a bit of a seasonal marvel, but that’s not the case. Toney has developed his game and like Kane he links the game together very well and when he doesn’t score he makes sure he helps create a lot of chances. Off the pitch, the FA hangs onto him accusing him of alleged breaches of their betting rules, but off it Toney has been incredible. In addition, his penalty kick record and technique is superb.

4. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)

In blistering hot form since the World Cup, this is the Marcus Rashford we know and love. His runs in-behind have wreaked havoc and Rashford has become United’s talisman. He needs more help to share the goalscoring burden, but he sees plenty of opportunities coming his way as United play direct and to their strengths. Rashford is so hard to mark wherever he starts on the pitch and he has added clinical finishing to his great pace and intelligent runs.

3. Martin Odegaard (Arsenal)

The Arsenal captain has been majestic and so calm on the ball, but he has also brought an iron determination to his game. He has blossomed as a leader under Mikel Arteta, scoring important goals and assists throughout the Gunners’ season. Odegaard has always been seen as a silky playmaker, but he has brought extra grit and drive to his game and his link with Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli is a big reason why Arsenal are in contention for the title.

2.Erling Haaland (Manchester City)

Haaland scores at an incredible pace all season and is so hard to stop once Manchester City gets going. He scored all kinds of goals and moved in seamlessly. There are still periods when he goes a few games without a goal, but he always bounces back and his passing is getting better and better, even as Premier League defenders are becoming more aware of his moves. He is a special talent, a powerhouse and a goalscoring machine. If City win the title, Haaland’s goals will be a big reason why.

1. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)

It’s hard to believe that Saka is only 21 years old. He was a star in the World Cup with England and his early goals and assists in games were a key feature of Arsenal’s title attempt. Saka is so hard to stop when he gets going, because he can go in all directions, make a wonderful cross or score a beauty of his own. He is the complete attacking player and the Arsenal academy graduate is a club legend in the making. What a season he’s had and he never seems to run out of steam.

Honorable Mentions: Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Casemiro (Manchester United), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Rodri (Manchester City), Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton), Moises Caicedo (Brighton) ), William Saliba (Arsenal), Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal), Thomas Partey (Arsenal), Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal), Leandro Trossard (Brighton, Arsenal), James Maddison (Leicester City), Rodrigo Bentancur (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Miguel Almiron (Newcastle), Joao Palhinha (Fulham)

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