The shortlists have been released for the PFA awards – with goal-getting forwards Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku nominated for both the Player and Young Player of the Year.
But the clear favourite for the main prize is Chelsea midfield dynamo N’Golo Kante, who is on the brink of winning back-to-back Premier League titles with different clubs, having joined high-flying Chelsea from last year’s champions Leicester City.
The Frenchman is long odds-on (1/9) in Paddy Power’s betting, with team-mate Eden Hazard his closest challenger (6/1).
Manchester United talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic (22/1), Lukaku (25/1) and Kane (35/1) are all seen as long-shots for the main prize, but not as distant as Alexis Sanchez (50/1) – who is, perhaps appropriately, sixth in the betting.
1/9 N’Golo Kante
6/1 Eden Hazard
22/1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic
25/1 Romelu Lukaku
35/1 Harry Kane
50/1 Alexis Sanchez
All-i roads point to Dele?
The young player’s award has a similarly clear-cut front-runner, with Tottenham’s 21-year-old midfielder Dele Alli (1/7) topping the betting.
Lukaku (9/2) and Kane (14/1) are closer behind, though Michael Keane (33/1), Leroy Sane (50/1) and Jordan Pickford (80/1) should probably make the most of their nominations.
You simply Kante top N’Golo – since coming to the Premier League he’s been a dominant force, and he should expect to be adding at least two more titles to add to his trophy cabinet.
While Dele Alli has come of age, and I hope wins the young player’s prize – so long as he doesn’t celebrate with one of those awful handshakes.
1/7 Dele Alli
9/2 Romelu Lukaku
14/1 Harry Kane
33/1 Micheal Keane
50/1 Leroy Sane
80/1 Jordan Pickford