The PFA nominations are always a much debated affair, especially considering their announcement ahead of the Premier League finale and even earlier voting period. Liverpool dominate the nominees this year with three players; Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge, and Steven Gerrard all featuring, alongside Chelsea's Eden Hazard, Manchester City's Yaya Toure and Southampton's Adam Lallana.
Below are five alternatives that may have hoped for their own name to have made the list. It is noticeable that all six of the nominees are offensive players, while several of the league's standout performers have been defenders this season.
The Liverpool defender has enjoyed a sensational season for the table toppers. Just when it looked like he may be leaving the club before the season began, the no nonsense Slovakian seized a first team spot despite three other central defenders joining Liverpool. Skrtel has started the last 32 Premier League matches for the Merseyside outfit, the one constant in the Reds' defence, and impressed in both penalty boxes, with a huge 7 goals scored.
Perhaps destined to be the Liverpool player that misses out on the acclaim afforded to others, Henderson has been the one that has injected the drive and relentless tenacity into the Reds midfield that may end up delivering the title. Make no mistake, though Suarez, Sturridge and Sterling have grabbed the headlines, it has been Henderson who has been forcing the opposition into mistakes and then giving his forward players the ball. Arguably the most improved player in the league this year, and likely to get even better next season, his absence over the next three games may indicate just how important he is for Brendan Rodgers' side.
The Chelsea defence has resumed its position as tightest around now Mourinho is back in charge, and the four regulars have all played their part with the Blues having conceded 10 goals fewer than their nearest rival. Cesar Azpilicueta has been the most impressive for me though, ousting Ashley Cole despite playing on what would be his least favoured flank. He has added much needed energy and pace to the Chelsea defence and has also looked handy going forward.
Manchester City's Spanish magician will feel very hard done by to have missed the cut in the PFA's top five. He would certainly have been a shoe in if he would have just managed a few more games, despite being the standout performer whenever he has played. In his 23 Premier League appearances, Silva has scored 7 and assisted 12 times, leaving only 8 games where he hasn't provided a goal himself or for his teammates.
The Irish fullback has been a revelation for Everton this year, forming part of the second tightest defence in the league and becoming undoubtedly the strongest attacking fullback in the country. Coleman has outshone Baines on the opposite flank, no mean feat, netting 7 times in all competitions, and ensuring he will be one of the most sought after individuals in this summer's transfer window.