Liverpool forward Mo Salah was left off the six-man shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year. The Egyptian international missed out with Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, Ruben Dias, Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden, as well as Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes all nominated for the award
Considering the 28-year-old scored 22 goals and provided five assists in 37 league appearances for the Reds, his omission is a major surprise, and it hasn’t gone down well with supporters on Twitter, who were particularly annoyed that Foden was named ahead of Salah:
— Olawale Babatunde Paul (@possibilities86) June 2, 2021
The question should rather be if it is Salah or Kane who is POTY. Dias has not been that good. Foden has certantly not been that good.
— Paulen (@KanskjeOP) June 3, 2021
Foden deserves what he’s done to be appreciated but the fact that he rarely plays 90 minutes should come into it but it doesn’t because he plays for City. You shouldn’t be getting awards like that if you don’t play much football.
— Si Oakdene (@OakdeneSi) June 3, 2021
Phil and Gundogan should not be chosen over Salah,
— . (@chivalry55) June 2, 2021
— silencio* (@Finfan79) June 2, 2021
Stats are there for everyone to see
— Victor (@depresidovic) June 2, 2021
Yeah Salah should be there instead. But Foden deserves the young player award
— ABHI (@SociallySober) June 2, 2021
English media overhyping as usual. Great talent but objectively he has not been as good as Salah.
— BACK ON OUR FUCKING PERCH 🏆🔴 (@casinooasis14) June 2, 2021
It must be pointed out that the PFA awards are voted on by the players themselves, which makes it all the more surprising that Salah was left off the six-man shortlist.
The Egyptian could well be the victim of his own success, having narrowly missed out on the Golden Boot this year after winning it twice before in the past.