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5 players who can feel aggrieved after not making the PFA shortlists

In an incredibly topsy-turvy season, who really has been the standout player and young player?

It’s awards season, ladies and gents.

Not the kind of pony, vacuous ceremonies awkwardly hosted by someone like Kevin Hart across the pond.

No, this celebrates real talent.

The big one

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The big one

The PFA Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year shortlists were announced on Saturday, with six nominees in each category.

Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Eden Hazard are up for the big gong.

Meanwhile Sterling and Bernardo are joined by Marcus Rashford, Declan Rice, Trent Alexander-Arnold and David Brooks in the running for the younger version.

Up for both

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Up for both

The award inevitably causes much debate. I mean Ryan Giggs triumphed in 2008/09 despite starting just 15 games all season.

So, at this early stage, which other players can feel aggrieved to miss out?

Heung-min Son (PFA Player of the Year)

The perfect understudy

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The perfect understudy

The ultimate compliment you can pay to Son is just about any club in the world would want him.

With Harry Kane’s biscuit ankles weighing Spurs down, the irrepressible South Korean has emphatically risen to the challenge with 18 goals and assists from just 20 starts in the Premier League.

Son’s capacity to lead from the front when Kane has been sidelined is arguably the main reason Spurs are in the driving seat for a top-four finish.

James Maddison (PFA Young Player of the Year)

The best around from a deal ball position

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The best around from a deal ball position

Maddison hasn’t just adapted to Premier League life in his debut season – he’s set the division alight.

No player has created more chances than the Leicester midfielder and his range from free kicks is unrivalled.

If Spurs lose Christian Eriksen in the next 12 months, expect a call from a certain Mr Levy about Maddison’s availability.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (PFA Young Player of the Year)

AWB is going places

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AWB is going places

Your wingers don’t like him.

Ian Wright’s disbelief at Wan-Bissaka’s omission from shortlist sums it all up really; he’s been so consistently good it seemed like a formality.

A converted right-winger, Wan-Bissaka became the first player in Europe to hit 100 league tackles back in March.

Sadio Mane, Leroy Sane and the rest of the top flight’s best wide men have all struggled against him this season.

Matteo Guendouzi (PFA Young Player of the Year)

David Luiz has competition

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David Luiz has competition

Arsenal signing a random, unearthed Frenchman from Ligue 1? How very Wenger-like in the post-Wenger era.

Guendouzi, though, has rapidly become a cult figure at the Emirates with some mature performances to back up his potential.

The 20-year-old has kept the likes of Lucas Torreira and Aaron Ramsey out of the side this season and until his most recent birthday had played more minutes than any other teenager in Europe.

Mo Salah (PFA Player of the Year)

Last year’s winner

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Last year’s winner

It seems utterly bonkers that someone sitting joint top of the scoring charts doesn’t get a look in for the main award.

But Salah has ultimately become a victim of his own success, suffering from the Messi syndrome after his record-breaking campaign last time out.

In his ‘off season’ the Egyptian King still has more goals than Sterling and Hazard who are supposedly having the best seasons of their careers.