Tottenham Hotspur winger Erik Lamela is the second most popular bet for this season’s PFA Player of the Year award, whilst Chelsea new boy Cesc Fabregas tops the list, according to statistics on www.oddschecker.com.
In what can only be considered a shock, Erik Lamela has been backed heavily by punters for the Premier League's Player of the Year award. Arguably, the player's backing from punters is due to the long odds on him winning the award - 67/1 - and after a torrid first season, is the possibility of the young star picking up the award really worth betting on?
Former Tottenham striker Clive Allen has predicted a big season for the youngster, who has been training all summer in Argentina to get his fitness right for the new season, to shine.
''Erik is a very talented player," the 53-year-old told talkSPORT. ''He's had time now to acclimatise to life in England, and while fans might not want to hear it, it does take time to adjust and settle after moving to a new country. I experienced that in my career.
''He's had his problems with injury as well at his time at Spurs, he hasn't really played many games, so I think he'll be like a new signing for the club this season.''
Erik Lamela, who became Tottenham's record fee signing last summer, was a brilliant prospect for Roma and was rightfully considered one of their best players, however, something at Spurs, so far, just hasn't clicked for the 22-year-old. Nevertheless, the ability is obviously there and after a long summer focused on training, Spurs fans will be hoping he comes back better than ever.
Elsewhere in the market, Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas was the favoured tip for the award, whilst Ramsey, Hazard and Sterling also appeared.
Fabregas, who signed for Chelsea from Barcelona this summer, has arguably been the shrewdest signing in world football and the odds of 21/1 for him to win the award just seem too good to pass up. Ramsey and Hazard, two of the favourites for the award, have short odds but proved last season they are more than good enough to challenge, whilst Sterling, who enjoyed a fantastic breakthrough year, has come in at 5th place with odds of 26/1.