The curtain has been closed on one of the most unique and relentless Premier League seasons in history.
Titanic matches between giants have been reduced to mere exercises on the training ground behind closed doors, and the lack of atmosphere has proven that fans really are the lifeblood of the game.
Meanwhile, the ripple effect of the pandemic created a seemingly endless flow of encounters, leaving players with little time to rest and recover.
But despite the unfavorable circumstances, a myriad of players still produced some of their best seasons to date and plenty of entertainment has been featured throughout the campaign.
Now that the dust has settled on the season and attentions start to shift to Euro 2020, the GIVEMESPORT fan player of the season nominees for the 2020/21 Premier League season have been revealed.
There are six names on a star-studded list which also includes three players who have exceeded all reasonable expectations to stand on a playing field with some of the most coveted talents in English football.
With all the stats provided courtesy of WhoScored, let’s take a look at the six nominees.
Nominees: Emiliano Martinez
Who saw this coming? Emiliano Martinez has been a revelation at Aston Villa since signing from Arsenal last summer.
Only Ederson and Edouard Mendy have managed to keep more sheets clean than Martinez (15) during the season, while the 141 saves he made were only improved by Sam Johnstone and Aaron Ramsdale – two goalkeepers who have appropriately suffered relegation with West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United respectively.
The stats tell a story, but it was Martinez’s commanding and imposing presence and his ability to command the last four of Villa that particularly impressed him.
Villa signed a masterstroke at just £ 17million, raising new questions about the mechanics of Arsenal’s rambling transfer policy.
Nominees: Stuart Dallas, Ruben Dias
Once again, we have another dark horse to celebrate. Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United have rightly received acclaim for their thrilling brand of football this season.
The likes of Raphinha, Patrick Bamford, Jack Harrison and Rodrigo have made the Whites one of the most watchable teams in the division, but they are one of Bielsa’s most low-key, versatile and trustworthy lieutenants who s is up for the player of the season. price.
Stuart Dallas is a right-back by trade, but was used by Bielsa as a left-back, winger, central midfielder and attacking midfielder during the Argentine’s three-year stint at Elland Road. The 2020/21 campaign was no different, and Dallas seemed to enjoy the progress in class.
The 55-cap Northern Ireland international started all 38 league games and scored eight goals – his best comeback since signing for the club – to help Leeds take huge scalps against Manchester City, Spurs and Leicester .
Meanwhile, a new star was born in Manchester in 2020/21. Man City’s decision to part ways with £ 65million for Ruben Dias sparked skepticism from his supporters and the wider football media, but he ended the campaign with two trophies and a player of the season award FWA to start.
The 24-year-old brought together City’s defensive unit with the authority of a player ten years his senior, while his influence over John Stones undoubtedly facilitated his return to the English fold in time for the Euro 2020.
City have conceded just 32 goals in 38 league games and Dias’ presence was a major factor in bolstering a bottom line that lacked strength in the season leading up to his arrival.
Nominees: Bruno Fernandes, Mason Mount
Bruno Fernandes’ astonishing openness to life at Manchester United in the second half of the 2019/20 campaign continued this season as he cemented his status as one of the best attacking midfielders on the planet.
The Portugal international has been called a penalty dealer after scoring nine of his 18 league goals on the pitch, but he’s offered the Red Devils far more than his appetite for the goal.
His return of 12 assists, which was only improved by Harry Kane, underlines his expertise in the game and without his influence there is no doubt that United would have been involved in an intense battle for the top four.
Mason Mount, a player who has dramatically altered perceptions this season, joins Martinez and Dallas as a dark horse contender.
Under the tutelage of Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel, Mount grew into a hugely effective number ten and played a pivotal role in Chelsea’s fourth place in the league and Champions League success.
Only Fernandes, Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish have averaged more key passes per game throughout the season, and his comeback of six goals and six assists provided a decent exit to put himself firmly in contention for a spot. departure in England for Euro 2020.
Nominees: Harry Kane
Finally, Harry Kane completes the list of nominees. Who else?
The insatiable machine lived up to its usual tricks in a lukewarm season for Spurs collectively, scoring a staggering 23 goals and providing 14 assists while forming a prolific bond with Heung-min Son.
It has become very clear that Kane is a level above North London and his form has sparked a lot of speculation linking him with a move to a number of giant clubs in Europe.
If he can reach such stunning numbers at Spurs, then it’s impossible not to wonder what he would be capable of at Man City, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.
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