Two of the many infamous pundits, Paul Merson and Phil Thompson have laid down their contenders for Premier League player of the year, and the plaudits fall upon three of Manchester City’s squad. Fernandinho, Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling are the ones to be named as contenders of this ever warming title.
While Fernandinho seems to be the fair-haired boy in the list of both Sky Sports pundits, Sergio Aguero and Sterling get a mention owing to their influence in attacking third. The finishing of Aguero and Sterling’s decisiveness in the box has been far more than exemplary, to watch from the stands or from the sidelines.
These three have been a major push in keeping City’s title hope alive, where Fernandinho’s defensive capabilities and run has been more necessary than any. The 33-year-old who is ageing like fine wine has been playing like his 20’s and is no doubt the most preferred candidate of this year’s Premier League player title, if and only if, City are to win the title, it will be his contribution to weigh more than anything.
“Fernandinho would be in the mix. We have seen that for all superstars that City have got, if he does not play, they are not superstars. He has been outstanding,” Merson said to Sky Sports.
“Fernandinho and Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk have been the two standout players in the league this season, which is weird – one is a defensive midfielder, the other a defender, in such an exciting league.”
Phil Thompson further added, ”Sergio Aguero is a big part of how good Man City are, so consistent over a long period of time, so he would have to be in there,”
“I am looking at City players who are being prominent, Raheem Sterling and Eden Hazard (for Chelsea) have both been very prominent, but not as consistent as you would like,” said Charlie Nicholas.
Fernandinho, Aguero and Sterling have been tools of success for the Citizens avoiding he drills of losing games, with their contribution for the team. No matter who receives the Player of the Year award, City will be more than delighted to accept the title with open hands.