The nominees for the 2020/21 PFA Player of the Season were revealed this morning, with Mohamed Salah bizarrely being overlooked.
The Liverpool star has had a phenomenal season, but it was not good enough to be included in the six-strong shortlist for the prestigious award.
PFA POTY shortlist
Instead, four Manchester City players have been nominated. A player each from Manchester United and Tottenham are also on the shortlist.
The four City players are Ruben Dias, Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden.
Bruno Fernandes and Harry Kane are the final two names on the list.
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Of course, with City winning the league title with ease, their players make up the majority of the nominations.
Kevin De Bruyne will hope to win the award for the second season running.
Meanwhile, Foden has also been nominated for the Young Player of the Year award. Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold is also on that particular shortlist.
They are joined by England teammates Declan Rice, Mason Mount, Bukayo Saka and Mason Greenwood.
Salah omission makes little sense
The big talking point coming out of this morning’s news is Salah’s exclusion.
The 28-year-old was the league’s second-highest scorer last season. He finished on 22 Premier League goals, one behind Kane, who won the Golden Boot.
He also got five assists in a struggling Liverpool attack.
No, Liverpool did not have a good season. But this is an individual award, so only individual performances should be taken into account.
For example, Phil Foden had an excellent season. He certainly played a big role in helping his team win the Premier League.
But he had five fewer starts than Salah had goals scored. Saying that he had a better spell of individual performances than the Egyptian is lunacy.
Even Gundogan has been mediocre for large parts aside from going on one admittedly excellent scoring spell in the middle of the season.
So while Liverpool did not win anything in 2020/21, their best player certainly was among the six best in the league.
No, Salah should not win the PFA Player of the Season award. However, he certainly deserved a nomination.
How did Twitter react to Salah PFA POTY exclusion?
Liverpool fans were quick to call out the PFA for leaving out their hero.