With Matchday 29 in the books, we’re less than 10 weeks of EPL play away from the season coming to a close. The cream is rising to the top, both in terms of teams and players. Which players have the inside track on this year’s Player of the Season award? Here’s the breakdown of our top 5 favorites to take home the honor.
5. Christian Eriksen, Tottenham
Losing Harry Kane has been a big blow for Spurs, but they didn’t skip a beat against Southampton. Eriksen is a big reason why. He has flown under the radar for a while, but he’s impossible to ignore this season. With six goals and 10 assists, the 25-year-old Dane is a midfield metronome who can score when called upon. Kane gets the headlines and Dele Alli brings the flash, but Eriksen is the guy that holds the Tottenham machine together.
4. Eden Hazard, Chelsea
Chelsea’s most dynamic attacker has a ways to go to be a favorite for the Player of the Season, but if Comeback Player was a thing he’d be right in the mix. After an abysmal 2015-16, he’s completely turned it around this season. He’s in the kind of form that won him this award two seasons ago, really. He has 11 goals and four assists this season, and even though he didn’t feature in this weekend’s win against Stoke due to a knock, he’s a vital part of the title favorites.
3. Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal
Sanchez might not be long for Arsenal, but he’s a relentless competitor. With the Gunners short on supply in the recognized striker department, Sanchez stepped into the role and flourished. It’s been a down year for Arsenal overall, but not for Alexis. He has 18 goals on the season, three shy of the league lead, and has chipped in with an impressive 9 assists. He’s playing like a world-class player and wants to get paid like one. If Arsenal won’t open up the piggy bank, someone else will.
2. N’Golo Kante, Chelsea
Quantifying Kante’s impact through statistics alone undersells the Frenchman’s impact. Seeing Leicester’s tailspin after his departure and Chelsea’s resurgence upon his arrival is an easy snapshot of just how important he is, though. Chelsea are incontrovertible title favorites, and Kante’s presence is a huge reason why. He’s fit directly into Antonio Conte’s system doing all the dirty work in midfield. He tackles, he intercepts, he kickstarts attacks and he Never. Stops. Running. The 25-year-old is a dynamo in midfield.
1. Romelu Lukaku, Everton
The leader for the Premier League’s golden boot, Lukaku might very well run away with the trophy now that Harry Kane is sidelined. The Belgian reportedly isn’t keen to stay at Everton, seeking bigger challenges (and the bigger paycheck that comes with it). Wherever and whatever the 23-year-old gets paid, he certainly seems like he’ll be worth every penny. The forward can do it all too, chipping in with six assists on the season. If he keeps this form up, it’ll be tough to deny him the Player of the Season award.