The finalists for the Professional Football Association Player and Young Player of the Year awards are out and as expected, Harry Kane is among the finalists for both awards.
Kane is one of six nominees for the prestigious Player of the Year award, an award given to the most outstanding EPL player as voted by the players themselves. The finalists for this years' award also include Chelsea's Diego Costa & Eden Hazard, Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, Manchester United's David De Gea, and Arsenal's Alexis Sánchez. Last year's winner was Luis Suarez.
In addition to the Player of the Year, Kane is also nominated for Young Player of the Year, given to the most outstanding EPL player under 23 years old. Coutinho, Hazard, and De Gea are also finalists for this award, along with Liverpool's Raheem Sterling and Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Kane, who despite not scoring in the past two matches, has been in scintillating form, with 29 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions despite not playing in the Premier League until November. He's on pace to become Tottenham's first 30-goal scorer since Gary Lineker in 1991-1992.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is obviously backing Kane for the awards, saying that he deserves to win for his performances this season:
I think that [Eden] Hazard is a very good player, he's fantastic, a great player, but the impact that Harry has had on English football is massive.
Maybe the impact is bigger than Hazard and his performances. Everyone knew that Hazard is a brilliant player. But I think not too many people expected Harry Kane would show the performances that he has this season. This is the difference, I believe.
It would be a big thing for the club and for Harry Kane. It's very important for the team. If he arrives at 30 goals for the season, then it's an historic thing."
If Kane should win the Young Player of the Year award, it would be the third time in four seasons that a Tottenham Hotspur player has won: Kyle Walker won in 2011-2012, and Gareth Bale in 2012-2013. If Kane wins both awards he would join an elite group of players who has won both awards in a single season and that includes Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Thierry Henry, Robin Van Persie, and Gareth Bale.
The winners of both awards will be announced in a ceremony in London on April 26.