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Pogba’s closing in on top 5 – Race to POTY

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@DaveTindallgolf‘s Race to the Premier League Player of the Year after Matchday 28.

1/ Virgil Van Dijk

(Last week: 1)

Liverpool’s defensive rock would have stayed top regardless after masterminding the Reds to yet more clean sheets in the 0-0 at Old Trafford and 5-0 midweek romp over Watford. But he extends his lead a little after netting twice against the Hornets on Wednesday night to show he’s a threat at the other end too. The Merseysiders had conceded 32 goals and were 18 points behind Man City after 28 games last season. This time they’ve let in just 15 and are a point in front. All hail Virgil!

2/ Sergio Aguero

(Last week: 3)

Kept his nerve from the spot at home to West Ham on Wednesday to give City a narrow 1-0 win and maintain the pressure on Liverpool. Just when Pep needs his goals most, Aguero is delivering. He’s banged in 11 in his last nine games in all comps and eight in his last five Premier League matches. The latest sent him to the top of the PL Golden Boot charts with 18. I’ll nudge him up a spot.

3/ Raheem Sterling

(Last week: 2)

Twelve Premier League goals this season and nine assists, he’s been a menace throughout the campaign to opposition defences and his standards rarely drop. A winning penalty kick in the League Cup final shootout against Chelsea on Sunday secured City’s first (of how many?) trophy of the season.

4/ Mo Salah

(Last week: 4)

Strangely subdued against Man Utd but was lively against Watford, hitting the post and causing lots of problems from the wing. He’s not hitting the absurd heights of last season but you can’t argue with 17 Premier League goals (second only to Aguero) and seven assists.

5/ Eden Hazard

(Last week: 6)

The only top-flight attacker who’s hit double digits in both goals and assists. Hazard has 12 of the former and 10 of the latter (tops chart) and has been sensational at times. He’d be higher but is slightly a victim of his team’s wild inconsistency in recent months.

6/ Paul Pogba

(Last week: 7)

Continues to lead the United transformation under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. A little subdued in the strange 0-0 with Liverpool but added another assist in the 3-1 win at Crystal Palace. That puts him joint-second in the assists table with nine while he’s blasted 11 Premier League goals too.

7/ Son Heung-Min

(Last week: 5)

Son has sparkled and fizzed for most of the season and delivered a tonne of end product with 11 Premier League goals (just four behind Harry Kane) and five assists. Perhaps it shows his importance that a dip in the last two games has coincided with back-to-back defeats for Tottenham at Burnley and Chelsea.

8/ Sadio Mane

(Last week: 10)

Appeared to have his his laces tied together against Man Utd but played as a central striker against Watford and scored the first two in a 5-0 romp, the second an audacious back-heel. Mane has now scored in five successive Premier League home games for Liverpool and is up to solo fifth in the PL scoring charts with 14.

9/ David Silva

(Last week: 8)

Still a key man for Man City and very few can thread the play together like he does. Outstanding for the first part of the season but hasn’t quite hit the same heights since Christmas so has fallen down the rankings.

10/ Fernandinho

(Last week: 9)

Arguably more important than Silva given that he seems virtually irreplaceable and City suffered their Christmas wobble when he was out injured. Best holding midfielder in the Premier League and it’s a concern for City that he could be sidelined for a few more games after missing the narrow 1-0 win over West Ham.

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