PFA Release 2016/17 Shortlists for Players’ Player & Young Player of the Year Awards

Premier League leaders Chelsea lead the way with two nominees after the 2016/17 PFA Players’ Player of the Year shortlist was released on Thursday morning featuring both 2014/15 winner Eden Hazard and early favourite N’Golo Kante.

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is also included on the six-man list after scoring 17 goals in his debut season in English football at the age of 35.

Tottenham talisman Harry Kane, who has had spells on the sidelines this season but has still scored 19 Premier League goals, is nominated, as is current Golden Boot favourite Romelu Lukaku of Everton after his 23 goals so far this season.

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez rounds off the list of nomination following another top campaign in an otherwise difficult year for the Gunners.

Lukaku and Kane also feature among the Young Player of the Year nominees.

The pair of 23-year-olds are joined on that list by Tottenham sensation Dele Alli, rising Burnley defender Michael Keane, Sunderland’s busy goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and Manchester City talent Leroy Sane.
Both awards will be presented at the annual PFA ceremony on 23rd April.

The night will also see the same awards handed out to the best female players in the country over the last 12 months.

After a dominant Women’s Super League campaign and Continental Cup (league cup) success in 2016, as well as Women’s Champions League progress to the semi-finals so far in 2017, Manchester City dominate both short-lists.

City trio Lucy Bronze, Jill Scott and Jane Ross are joined on the Player of the Year nominations by Liverpool’s Caroline Weir, Chelsea winger Karen Carney, and Birmingham forward Ellen White.
The aforementioned Weird also features on the Young Player of the Year short-list, alongside City trio Georgia Stanway, Keira Walsh and Nikita Parris, as well Birmingham’s Jess Carter and Chelsea’s Millie Bright.