Big, if somewhat unexpected news today as the season winds down! Once again, Tottenham Hotspur have players who are nominated for the Professional Football Association’s annual year end awards. Harry Kane has been nominated for both the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards, while Dele Alli has been nominated for the Young Player of the Year.
Kane is up against a who’s-who of Premier League talent for the POY award, including Chelsea’s Eden Hazard & N’Golo Kante, Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.
Alli and Kane will compete for the YPOY award against Manchester City’s Leroy Sane, Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford, and Burnley’s Michael Keane.
These nominations aren’t without a little bit of controversy, particularly around Dele, who has scored 16 goals and tallied five assists so far this season. That’s two more than Hazard, but it’s not enough to get Dele on the shortlist for Player of the Year.
Mauricio Pochettino even weighed in on Alli’s PFA snub in a press conference ahead of Saturday’s match against Bournemouth, saying that he thinks Dele deserved to be nominated for both awards.
⚽️ @SpursOfficial boss Mauricio Pochettino dismayed by @Dele_Alli's omission from the PFA Player of the Year award. #PFAawards pic.twitter.com/gmS4HFvAFK— Hayters Teamwork (@HaytersTeamwork) April 13, 2017
A Tottenham player hasn’t won the PFA Player of the Year award since Gareth Bale took it home in 2011, but Spurs have won four of the last five Young Player of the Year awards, with Dele winning last year, Kane in 2015, Bale in 2013, and Kyle Walker in 2012. Considering Kane and Alli are both nominated, it seems likely that Spurs will make it five of six.
The winners will be announced in a ceremony on April 23.