Sam Allardyce believes that the PFA should snub Virgil van Dijk and Raheem Sterling by naming Sergio Aguero as Player of the Year.

The Argentine has scored the most goals in the Premier League this season, leading the likes of Mane and Salah with 18 strikes for Manchester City.

“I’d go for Aguero,” Allardyce told Talksport. It is a tough one, but he hasn’t won it yet and he deserves it over the years. People take Aguero for granted as he is doing what he’s always done.”

While I would agree that Aguero has been the best striker in the Premier League for a few years, to suggest that he should win the PFA Player of the Year award for any reason other than that he has been the best this year is just plain dumb.

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Virgil van Dijk has been the most consistently brilliant performer this season and is the most deserving of the award. For me, he has shown quality at centre half that the Premier League hasn’t seen since John Terry in 2005.

 

The Dutchman is utterly complete and doesn’t have any weaknesses that are easily exploitable. The only time this season that I was genuinely irritated with him was when he fouled Leroy Sane in the box at Anfield in October.

If the 27-year-old does win the award, he will be the first defender to win it for almost 15 years, with Terry the last to be named. I think that would really highlight just how impressive van Dijk has been.

That, and the fact that there are so many excellent forwards in the conversation as well. By the end of the season, Sterling could have 30 goal contributions and still miss out to van Dijk and that speaks volumes.

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