BBC pundit includes Everton star in his Player of the Year shortlist

Kevin Kilbane includes Everton striker Romelu Lukaku in his six-man shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year award.

Kevin Kilbane has explained to BBC Sport why Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has been one of the top six players in the Premier League this season.

The former Everton player has named the Belgium international in his shortlist for the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award.

Leicester City duo Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, Arsenal attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil, Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane and West Ham United star Dimitri Payet are also in Kilbane’s list.

"You could argue a case for so many different players - Romelu Lukaku has scored 25 goals for Everton, so he would get into my six ahead of people like Eric Dier and Alderweireld, who have been so solid for Spurs,” the former Republic of Ireland international told BBC Sport while explaining his decision to choose Mahrez as the best player in the Premier League this campaign.

Everton are not having a good season, but Lukaku has been superb for the Toffees and has been banging in the goals for fun.

The former Chelsea striker has scored 18 goals and created 47 chances in 30 Premier League appearances for the Toffees so far this campaign.

While Kilbane does provide a strong reason for the inclusion of Lukaku, Tottenham fans will point out that Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld have been two of the best players in the Premier League this season.

Alderweireld is arguably the best centre-back in England at the moment, while Dier’s performances in midfield have been nothing short of superb.

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