The announcement of the nominees for the 2014 PFA Player and Young Player of the Year awards has people talking. A six-man shortlist has been drawn up for each award, confirmed by Oliver Kay of The Times:
Twitter reaction has gone into overdrive as the footballing world has its say on the selected dozen and, of course, those who can be considered major omissions.
John Terry tops the pile of those who can count themselves unlucky to not be included. The Chelsea centre-back has enjoyed a stellar season at the heart of Jose Mourinho's defence and is a key component in the Blues' title challenge.
Kay led the charge of support for the former England captain:
Steve Holland, Chelsea assistant first-team coach, acknowledged Terry's achievements across the season, while the club's official Twitter account also congratulated Eden Hazard on his double nomination:
The two Chelsea stars face fierce competition with Liverpool in the title race. It's the Reds' top players who are most likely to nab an individual prize, as Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge, Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling have received nominations after emphatic campaigns.
John Cross of the Mirror suggests Suarez and Gerrard should be considered the top candidates:
Tancredi Palmeri of beIN Sport suggested Gerrard could finish ahead of his Uruguayan teammate if votes are to be counted on overall behaviour:
Sturridge's selection as a Young Player of the Year nominee has many questioning the award's guidelines. Individuals must be 23 at the start of the season to be considered, but Sturridge pushed the rule close by turning 24 on September 1.
Squawka's James McManus laughed at the situation before the website highlighted Sturridge's importance with an impressive stat:
Notable omissions from this year's senior list include David Silva and Seamus Coleman. Silva has scored seven goals and produced nine assists during the campaign, per WhoScored.com, and could have easily found himself on the final list.
David Hytner of The Guardian shared his surprise:
Many Twitter users were confused about why Coleman wasn't nominated for the Young Player of the Year award. Daniel McDonnell, football correspondent for the Irish Independent, explained that the full-back is older than some think:
The likes of Jon Flanagan, Jordan Henderson and Romelu Lukaku must have been close to receiving nominations for the younger award, but, alas, it wasn't to be.
If this year's list proves anything, it's that the Premier League has been doused with individual talent throughout the campaign. The reaction to those who aren't included drums home this point, underlining the notion that English fans are privy to some of the world's best on a weekly basis.
Right now, Suarez and Hazard should be considered favourites for the awards. Both have played excellently on a consistent basis without any real fluctuations in form, unlike individuals such as Sturridge and Ross Barkley.
Should Suarez topple 30 goals (he's currently on 29 with four games remaining) and send Liverpool to the title, you can bet Brendan Rodgers' key striker will capture the prize that has previously been won by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Gareth Bale.
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