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Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose 27 league goals and six assists have helped Ancelotti’s side to the title, is the leading candidate for the award that was won by Chelsea’s Eden Hazard (then at Lille) last season. In a remarkable first season in France, he has led PSG almost single-handedly at times to crucial domestic victories.
Blaise Matuidi is another favourite to take the gong. He has been a revelation at the heart of Ancelotti’s midfield, starting the season on the bench against Lorient and finishing it as an indispensable member of the side. The Italian has selected the French international more times this campaign than any other player thanks to his irrepressible form, tenacity and crucial goals.
Thiago Silva is perhaps less fancied but still a worthy candidate. The Brazilian’s arrival at the Parc des Princes has coincided with a 20-goal improvement in the defence on last season, conceding only 21 goals so far this term compared to 41 last year. He has already stamped his authority on the side and taken control of the captain’s armband and has played a big role in PSG’s defensive solidity.
Aubameyang, though, has not been nominated as a token gesture, though. The Gabonese international is fully deserving of recognition from his peers after a superb campaign that has seen him bag 19 league goals and eight assists. The big question from last season was whether Auba could replicate his stunning form this time around and he has done better than that. The 23-year-old has already eclipsed that total by three goals with two matches left to play.
But despite being dominated by Les Parisiens’ representatives, two highly impressive talents have surprisingly been left out of the nominations in this category. Lorient’s Jeremie Aliadiere, who has enjoyed a sensational season with the Breton club, scoring 15 league goals and notching seven assists, is the leading French goalscorer across France and indeed the top European leagues.
Marseille’s Mathieu Valbuena is also unlucky to miss out on a nomination. In some of the best form of his career to date, the French international has scored three league goals but laid on 11, including five for rejuvenated striker Andre-Pierre Gignac. OM pushed PSG as far as they could and it was in part thanks to the 28-year-old’s good form that they were able to prolong the title race this late.