Player of the Year 2014
This entry was posted on Thursday, April 24th, 2014
It’s that time of year when accolades are up for grabs and the two big ones for individuals – the PFA Player of the Year and the PFA Young Player of the Year have already been shortlisted ahead of the awards ceremony on Sunday.
Luis Suarez is the 1/12 Paddy Power favourite to win the main award and it’s very difficult to argue against him – he’s scored 30 Premier League goals, despite missing the start of the season with suspension and is likely to have fired Liverpool to the title. It’ll be a huge shock if he didn’t walk away with the accolade on Sunday. Steven Gerrard is his nearest rival at 14/1 with Paddy Power but there’s no reason to think he’ll have accrued more votes than the Uruguayan. Simply, Gerrard has not been the player of the year.
The Young Player of The Year award is open to anyone aged under 23 and this means it is Eden Hazard’s last opportunity to win it. 14 League goals this season has been enough to catch the eye as his devastating skills kept Chelsea towards the top of the table. His recent injury has affected the team badly and it’s no surprise he’s Paddy Power’s 4/7 favourite. Interestingly Scott Parker is the only Chelsea player to ever win the award.
No defender has won it since Tony Adams back in 1987, which makes 40/1 shot Luke Shaw an unlikely winner, whilst Aaron Ramsey has missed too much of the campaign to be considered a potential winner. Raheem’s Sterling’s form has improved as the season has gone on, but has probably not been consistently high enough whilst Ross Barkley has impressed well enough to inevitably make the England World Cup squad, but he doesn’t stand up to Hazard – or indeed Daniel Sturridge.
Perhaps here is where we can have a shock. Sturridge has caught the eye all year with his blistering pace and smart finishing. He scored in eight successive Premier League games and has been a huge asset to Liverpool’s title bid. He’s supposed to be well liked and perhaps the fact the last five winners have all been British, gives him the edge. At 2/1 with Paddy Power we’ll take a risk against Hazard and seek the value bet.