Are these players the leading contenders for Player of the season?

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The 2015-16 Premier League season has arguably been the most unpredictable to date. We currently have pre-season relegation favorites Leicester battling for the title, West Ham fighting for a Champions League position and Watford heading towards a mid-table finish.

Along with this, we have seen players come from nowhere to emerge as some of the best in the league, as well as established talents reaffirming their tags of being world class players.

As we approach the final few games of the season, it is time to consider who has been the star player of this campaign and who therefore deserves the honour of being given the Player of the Season accolade.

Riyad Mahrez:

The progress made by Mahrez this season is simply astounding. Last season was his first in the Premier League, and he was only able to show glimpses of his potential as he struggled to adapt to playing at a higher level.

This season has been a completely different story, Mahrez has excelled, helping his side to a title push with 16 league goals and 11 league assists, meaning he is the leading player in the division for goals and assists combined.

 

His display in Leicester’s demolition of title rivals Manchester City was astounding. The City defence simply had no answer for the genius of Mahrez. It is clear that Leicester would not be leading the Premier League if they did not possess a player of a similar calibre as the Algerian.

Jamie Vardy:

Vardy is another Leicester player who struggled last season, which even lead to the striker nearly being offloaded to  Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday in the summer. The decision to keep Vardy did not take long to pay off.

Vardy has had a historic season which included him breaking the coveted record set by Ruud van Nistelrooy, by scoring 11 consecutive Premier League goals.

 

Along with Mahrez, Vardy’s brilliance has guided Leicester to an unlikely lead at the top of the Premier League. Vardy’s rags to riches story is truly inspiring for any player in the position the striker once was.

A player of the year trophy would be another unlikely achievement for Vardy to add to his ever-growing list of accolades.

N’golo Kante:

Kante has arguably been the signing of the season this term, having been signed for a mere £5.6 million. The midfielder does not get the headlines he deserves as he is as important to Leicester as their other stars, Vardy and Mahrez.

He is the leading player for tackles and interceptions in the division. This has made him a key component of Leicester’s defensive unit this season, which is amongst the teams to have conceded the least amount of goals.

Kante has gained admirers from a wide range of individuals in the game this season, most notably Sir Alex Ferguson:

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Harry Kane:

This season Harry Kane has, in my opinion, established himself as England’s best striker, and he therefore must start at the Euro’s.
He had his doubters at the start of the season, but he acted quickly to squash these comments by going on an incredible scoring spree. Kane has now equaled his 21 goal Premier League tally from last season, with seven games still to go.
If Tottenham go onto win the league, they will look at Kane as the man who made it all possible, alongside Dele Alli who is a leading contender for this season’s Young Player of the Year award.

 

Mesut Özil:

Özil has been Arsenal’s star man this season, guiding his team to a title challenge. The playmaker has really come into his own this season and he has shown exactly why Arsene Wenger decided to bring the midfielder to the club.
Özil has the highest number of assists in all the top five divisions in Europe, with a total 18, with his nearest rivals Luis Suárez and Ángel Di María both on 12.
Dimitri Payet:
Payet is similar to Kante in that they both can be considered the signing of the season. Payet has easily been West Ham’s best player this season, and has been a key in helping West Ham towards the sought-after fourth position.
In this era, the fee of around £10 million which brought Payet to Upton Park is an absolute bargain.
The Frenchman is a joy to watch when he is on form and he is a player capable of playing for any team in the Premier League.

 

Personally, the player who I feel should be awarded the Player of the Year accolade is Riyad Mahrez.

He is a player who has really come out of nowhere to become one of the best footballers in the Premier League. He has caused problems for all the sides Leicester have come up against this season, which is evidenced by the amount of goals and assists he has plundered throughout the season.

The 2015-16 Leicester team will live long in the memory for all football supporters, and a vitally important component of their success has been Riyad Mahrez. Therefore, in my opinion, he should be crowned as Player of the Year.

 

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