Report: Ex-Tottenham Hotspur star Garth Crooks backs Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez for prestigious award

Former Tottenham Hotspur star Garth Crooks says that Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez should win the Professional Footballers' Association player of the year award.

Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Garth Crooks has been singing the praises of Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez.

Chile international forward Sanchez has been in breathtaking form in the Premier League so far this season and has been the best player for the Gunners.

The £35 million signing from Barcelona in the summer was once again brilliant for Arsenal on Sunday, scoring twice and setting the other in a 3-0 home win against Stoke City in the Premier League.

The 26-year-old’s wonderfully delivered cross was headed in by Laurent Koscielny in the sixth minute, and the former Udinese star himself found the target in the 33rd and the 49th minute at the Emirates Stadium.

Sanchez’s performance saw him secure a place in BBC Sport pundit Crooks’s ‘Team of the Week’, with the 56-year-old adding: “This player has been in red-hot form all season for the Gunners and is my personal favourite to pick up the Professional Footballers' Association player of the year award.

“It's the first industry award of the year and the Chilean looks like he's a cert to win the title if he can retain his consistency.”

Sanchez’s stats suggest that he is indeed a top contender for the PFA Player of the Year award. In 20 Premier League appearances so far this season, the Chilean has scored 12 goals and created 56 chances, while having a pass accuracy of 77% and a shot accuracy of 67%.

However, it is far from a forgone conclusion that Sanchez will receive the prestigious award. Chelsea trio Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa, Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, and perhaps Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will also be in the running.

But it can be said without any doubt that Sanchez has been the best player for Arsenal so far this season.

Simply world class.

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