Five players who should be on the PFA Player of the Year shortlist

David Gea saves against Sunderland

Stars from Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Manchester United and even Leicester City could have also been on the list.

This week saw the Players' Football Association name their shortlist for their Player of the Year award.

Naturally Leicester City have several stars on the list, with N’Golo Kante, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy making up the selection as they look set for a Premier League title.

They are joined by Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, who has enjoyed another fine campaign, as well as Dimitri Payet of West Ham and Mesut Ozil of Arsenal.

Given the competitiveness of such an award though, there are several who should feel aggrieved at not making the shortlist.

We decided to compile a list of five such players who may feel they were unfortunate not to be selected.

David de Gea

In a Manchester United side that has failed to impress once again this season, there is no denying who the star man has been.

David de Gea has once again proved himself to be among the Premier League’s, and the world’s, best goalkeepers with a series of impressive performances.

After the interest from Real Madrid last summer, and another impressive year, the Spanish giants are likely to be keen again in the next transfer window.

Robert Huth

While there are already three Foxes stars on the shortlist, there could easily be several more.

One of those is Robert Huth, whose defensive displays alongside Wes Morgan have been the bedrock of his side’s title challenge.

Indeed, it has been a fine redemption for the giant German after playing a key role in their survival last season too.

Danny Drinkwater

While N’Golo Kante has earned the plaudits for his tireless running, Drinkwater alongside him has also impressed.

His link up play with Jamie Vardy, evidenced in the win over Southampton on Sunday, has been one of they key aspects of his side’s play.

A minor consolation will be that his form has not gone entirely unnoticed, having made his England debut last month and currently being among those in contention for a place at Euro 2016 this summer.

Toby Alderweireld

Another defender on the list, Alderweireld has proved to be the missing piece for Tottenham this season.

After an impressive season at Southampton, Spurs moved quickly to secure him, and it’s been easy to see why as he’s formed a formidable centre back pairing with compatriot Jan Vertonghen.

Like Huth and Morgan at Leicester City, they have been the bedrock of Spurs’ title challenge, boasting the best defensive record in the division this season.

Kevin de Bruyne

While Manchester City have floundered this season, there is one man who has caught the eye.

That is Belgian Kevin de Bruyne, who has shone since a big money move from Wolfsburg in the summer.

His influence has been demonstrated most clearly in recent weeks, as he has returned from injury to get their top four push on track and see them into the Champions League semi finals for the first time.

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