At the end of each Premier League season the FA hand out awards for the best player, young player and manager in their opinion.
With the 2017-18 season being dominated by Manchester City, who are on course to win the title in record time and set records for the most points and goals in a single campaign too, it would come as a surprise if they didn’t win all three of the aforementioned awards either.
Irish bookmaker Paddy Power takes Premier League bets on these awards and the top candidates according to their odds for this season’s awards are as follows:
Premier League Player of the Season
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
The Belgian playmaker has been sensational this season, ripping defences open with his passes from all over the pitch. Kevin De Bruyne has had a huge impact for Pep Guardiola’s side that are hoping to win the Premier League and Champions League double.
Vincent Kompany is the only previous Manchester City player to have won this award in the Premier League era having done so in 2011-12 when his side first won the title. The club captain is a few points away from winning his third, with eight games to spare.
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Jürgen Klopp pulled off a real steal in the summer transfer window when spending €42 million on Mohamed Salah from AS Roma. That came off the back of a season when he scored 15 goals and assisted 11 more in 31 Serie A appearances for I Giallorossi.
With 24 goals in only 29 Premier League appearances for the player who wasn’t good enough for Chelsea, Liverpool haven’t missed Philippe Coutinho since his departure in January.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
A fourth consecutive season scoring 20+ Premier League goals, Harry Kane looks unlikely to win the domestic Golden Boot for a third season in a row. The Tottenham Hotspur star suffered an ankle injury in their win at Bournemouth which is expected to rule him out for several weeks. This also hampers his outside chance of winning the PFA Premier League Player of the Season award for the first time.
The 24-year-old had scored 24 goals in his 29 Premier League appearances under Mauricio Pochettino. His striker role is something that the manager couldn’t afford an injury as he only has Fernando Llorente as an out-and-out backup.
Manager of the Season
Pep Guardiola (Manchester City)
The 2017-18 Manchester City team are one of the greatest in Premier League history. With eight games to go they are well on course to set records for both the most points collected and goals scored in a single season.
Given that manager Pep Guardiola received a lot of criticism from several journalists and pundits for his style of football and finishing third, he deserves a lot of praise at the end of his second season – currently 16 points clear with eight games still to play.
Sean Dyche (Burnley)
The only other manager who can be considered to be in the running for the Manager of the Season award is Burnley’s Sean Dyche. The Clarets were among the favourites to go down at the end of the season but currently sit in seventh and only five points behind Arsenal in the Premier League table.
Although their 2018 form has taken a bit of a dip they have almost certainly guaranteed survival with eight games to go and Dyche did it without spending a great deal of money in either transfer windows compared to other Premier League rivals.
Young Player of the Season
Leroy Sané (Manchester City)
The young Manchester City forward has been sensational this season, scoring eight Premier League goals and recording 11 assists in 25 appearances (20 starts). This is in a side that has playmakers such as De Bruyne and David Silva as well.
Leroy Sané’s pace down the left wing has caused numerous defences problems and he is able to deliver in the final third also. Look out for the 22-year-old to be a big part of Joachim Löw’s German side at this summer’s World Cup too.
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Another Manchester City forward who will be nominated and is actually the bookmakers’ odds on favourite is Raheem Sterling. The 23-year-old has lined up on the right, left and down the middle at times in Guardiola’s side this season.
Despite missing a number of guilt edge chances this season the former-Liverpool forward has 15 goals and seven assists in the Premier League in only 25 appearances (22 starts). But will he deliver for Gareth Southgate’s side at this summer’s World Cup?
Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)
The young Brazilian is still unbeaten in his Premier League career but hasn’t hit the heights this season after replacing Sergio Agüero towards the end of last season. Gabriel Jesus has even lined up on the left wing of Guardiola’s side at times this season.
Despite a promising start a mid-season injury was a blow to the attacker who so far has eight goals in 21 Premier League appearances (8 starts) and has been looking to re-find his form for a fair few games now. Would need an incredible end to the campaign to win this award.
Anthony Martial (Manchester United)
Manchester United’s attack made a thrilling start to the season and a lot of it was coming down their left wing when Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford were interchanging in José Mourinho’s team.
The French forward currently has the best goals and assists per minute ratio in the Premier League but that’s partly down to the United boss not playing him for the full 90 minutes very often at all. Martial has nine goals and five assists in his 1,346 minutes this season – or 26 appearances (16 starts).