Spurs duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli shortlisted for PFA Player of the Year awards
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Harry Kane has been shortlisted for both the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards, while Dele Alli has also been nominated for the junior prize.
Members of the Professional Footballers’ Association register their votes to recognise the Premier League’s best performers each year, and Kane and Alli are in the frame for personal recognition after playing key roles in Tottenham’s title challenge.
Kane won the Young Player of the Year award last season, and the 22-year-old is in line to win the same gong again – but he is also in line for the senior prize after scoring 22 Premier League goals this term, leaving him top of the current goalscoring chart.
The Spurs striker faces competition from Leicester trio Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante as well as Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and West Ham’s Dimitri Payet.
Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino recently backed Kane to be among the front-runners for the main award.
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“In my opinion my players are the best, always,” he said. “But in this case, to be honest and objective, I think yes – he is one of the contenders to be the best player of the year in the Premier League.”
Alli, who celebrated his 20th birthday on Monday, is hoping to follow in Kane’s footsteps by winning the Young Player prize, having contributed eight goals and 12 assists in his first season at White Hart Lane.
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In addition to his Spurs team-mate, Alli is up against Everton duo Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley as well as Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland.
Pochettino would be delighted to see one of his stars win the Young Player category for the second season in a row: “It would be fantastic. I think Dele Alli deserves it,” he said. “A lot of things have happened during the season. It would be a big achievement for him and the club.”