Saturday 23 September 2017

PFA Player of the Year nominees - how did they fare?

Tottenham's Harry Kane scored against Bournemouth
Tottenham's Harry Kane scored against Bournemouth

The shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year award was announced last week.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at how they played over the weekend. Tottenham's Dele Alli, a player many observers were surprised did not receive enough votes to make the shortlist, is also assessed.

Eden Hazard (Chelsea): A quiet outing after being identified early on as the Chelsea danger man by Manchester United and was well watched throughout, particularly by Ander Herrera.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United): Eyebrows were raised as the 28-goal striker was named on the bench against Chelsea because of tiredness - a week after the Swede compared himself to Benjamin Button - and he did not get the chance to make an impact after being brought on only for the closing stages.

Harry Kane (Tottenham): Making his first start in five weeks, the England striker was not at his sharpest against Bournemouth but he still posed a constant threat, setting up Son Heung-min with a neat flick before scoring his 20th goal of the season.

N'Golo Kante (Chelsea): Broke up some of Manchester United's attacks in typical fashion but found himself overrun in midfield as the Premier League leaders were outplayed at Old Trafford.

Romelu Lukaku (Everton): Barely had a kick for 75 minutes against Burnley and then scored his customary late goal to seal his side's victory. Not one of his better performances.

Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal): Scored a delicious free-kick to pave the way for his side's hard-fought 2-1 win at Middlesbrough - and also provided the cross which led to Mesut Ozil's winner.

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Dele Alli (Tottenham): After such an explosive few weeks, Alli was unusually quiet. Son nicked a chance off him when the South Korean was offside but this was not one of Alli's more eye-catching displays.

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