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Why Sadio Mane should not have been in PFA TOTY

Sadio Mane should not have been included in the PFA’s Team of the Year ahead of Mohamed Salah or Eden Hazard.

It might seem harsh as the Senegal international has been a crucial performer this season but aside from an 11 game stretch where he scored, Mane was quite inconsistent.

In fact, there was a 10 game stretch between July and October that saw him score just one goal in all competitions.

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His purple patch in 2019 saw him score 50% of his goals while the remaining 50% are scattered throughout the season.

This isn’t to suggest that he’s had a bad season by any means. The point is that there have been more consistent performers across the course of the season.

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Mohamed Salah might have fallen out of form for a period of eight games but the Egyptian has been a more consistent goalscorer throughout the season.

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Similarly, Eden Hazard has been performing consistently at a higher level for a longer period of time this season, scoring and assisting a combined 29 goals in the Premier League.

That is made all the more impressive when you consider the fact that he’s doing it in the worst Chelsea seen since the Blues were taken over by Roman Abromivich.

Had the Belgian been surrounded by the quality seen at Anfield and the Etihad, it would’ve been amazing to see the kind of output he would have had.

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It might seem weird to undermine a Liverpool player in this way but it just seems as though there is a recency bias issue with the way PFA voting is done.

Seeing as though the voting is held in mid-March, around the time Mane went on a run of games that score him 11 goals, it highlights how player voting might be affected.

The voting needs to be held at the end of April to avoid players being judged on 30 games, giving them an extra six or seven to be assessed on.

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