The Premier League has unveiled the highly anticipated shortlist for the prestigious Player of the Season award, featuring an exceptional group of players who have dazzled fans throughout the 2022/23 campaign.
The nominees include Kevin De Bruyne, Erling Haaland, Harry Kane, Martin Odegaard, Marcus Rashford, and Bukayo Saka, with Kieran Trippier receiving a surprise inclusion.
Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne, the maestro from Manchester City, has the opportunity to make history by becoming the first player in Premier League history to win the EA SPORTS Player of the Season award three times. With 16 assists to his name this season, the Belgian playmaker is just four shy of the all-time single-season record, showcasing his incredible vision and creativity on the field.
Erling Haaland, the young Norwegian sensation, has taken the Premier League by storm in his debut campaign. The 22-year-old forward has made history along the way, surpassing the longstanding records of Andrew Cole and Alan Shearer for most goals by a player in a single season.
With an astonishing 36 goals, Haaland has set the league alight with his clinical finishing and incredible goal-scoring prowess.
Haaland also receives a nomination as a Young Player of the Season and could win the two accolades -- the very first!
Harry Kane, the talismanic striker for Tottenham Hotspur, has enjoyed a remarkable season. His 27 goals are the most he has scored in a Premier League campaign since the 2017/18 season. Kane has been a consistent threat in front of goal, finding the back of the net in 24 different matches, equalling the competition record for a single season.
Martin Odegaard, the influential midfielder and captain of Arsenal, has led by example in their titanic title battle with Manchester City. The 24-year-old Norwegian has been a driving force for the Gunners, contributing 15 goals and providing seven assists from midfield.
He also made the shortlist for the young player award for 2022-23.
Marcus Rashford, the dynamic forward for Manchester United, has arguably enjoyed his best-ever Premier League campaign. Contributing to a total of 21 goals, Rashford has been in scintillating form, finding the back of the net in nine out of 10 consecutive matches after the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
Bukayo Saka, the young prodigy from Arsenal, has been a standout performer for the title-chasing Gunners. At just 21 years of age, Saka has demonstrated maturity beyond his years, reaching double figures for both goals and assists, making him one of only two players to achieve this feat.
Kieran Trippier, the right-back for Newcastle United, has received a surprise inclusion on the shortlist. Trippier has been a pivotal figure for the Magpies, showcasing his influence at both ends of the pitch. His 104 chances created this season stand as the second-highest tally by any player, highlighting his attacking prowess and defensive solidity.
Full List Shortlist:
- Kevin De Bruyne (MCI)
- Erling Haaland (MCI)
- Harry Kane (TOT)
- Martin Odegaard (ARS)
- Marcus Rashford (MUN)
- Bukayo Saka (ARS)
- Kieran Trippier (NEW)