Rom Up For Two PFA Prizes

Everton’s Romelu Lukaku has been nominated for the PFA Players' Player and Young Player of the Year awards. 

The forward will go up against Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Chelsea pair Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante for the Players’ Player prize. 

Burnley’s Michael Keane, Manchester City’s Leroy Sane and Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford are the competition in the Young Player category, alongside Tottenham’s 2016 winner Dele Alli. 

It is the third time the Belgian has been shortlisted for the Young Player gong, having also been nominated in 2013 and 2016, but first time he has vied for the season’s top player accolade. 

Lukaku’s 23 Premier League goals this season see him lead the way in the race for the golden boot, while the striker has register 30 times in just 37 games for club and country. 

Another landmark moment in 2016/17 saw the 23-year-old surpass Duncan Ferguson’s Everton Club-record tally of 60 Premier League goals when he netted against Spurs at White Hart Lane in March, a feat achieved in just 130 outings. 

This year’s PFA Awards will be held at London’s Grosvenor House on Sunday 23 April. 

Previous winners of the Players’ Player of the Year award have included Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ryan Giggs. The current holder is Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez. 
 
PFA Chief Executive, Gordon Taylor OBE, said: “The PFA Awards is always a special occasion and one of the biggest nights in football’s social calendar.

“For the winners who are honoured at the awards, there can be no greater personal accolade than that of being recognised by your peers; an honour to be cherished.”


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