Former West Ham United winger Trevor Sinclair has revealed his choice to be named the PFA Premier League player of the year at the end of the season, and he has passed over the nominated star from his former club Dimitri Payet.
The six-man shortlist for the senior award was revealed on Wednesday afternoon, with Payet nominated alongside Leicester City trio Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, and N'Golo Kante, Tottenham Hotspur striker and Premier League top scorer Harry Kane, and Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil
Payet's inclusion comes as a a reward for a fine season debut in England, during which he has scored 12 goals and added eight assists in 32 appearances in all competitions from midfield.
The Frenchman has already won plaudits such as being named London footballer of the year earlier in 2016, but Sinclair has overlooked the star for his choice for the prestigious award, choosing instead one of the brightest stars from Leicester's remarkable season.
Jamie Vardey @PFA player of the year for me. Goals, work rate, passion, impact and his incredible journey— Trevor Sinclair (@trevor8sinclair) April 13, 2016
The 43-year-old tweeted: "Jamie Vardey [sic] PFA player of the year for me. Goals, work rate, passion, impact and his incredible journey."
Vardy took the top flight by storm earlier this season when he broke Ruud van Nistelrooy's record by scoring in 11 consecutive Premier League matches, and he has netted 21 goals in 33 league games in total.
Such has been his rise to prominence, with the striker going from playing non-league football four years ago to becoming an established England international, that a Hollywood film about his life is currently in the works.
Vardy's goals, along with the stellar performance of his fellow nominees Mahrez and Kante, have been a huge driving force behind Leicester's remarkable season, which is likely to see them win the Premier League title.