Previous PFA Player of the Year Winners

Each year since the 1973/74 season, the top-flight players in England get to vote on who they think should win the PFA Player of the Year Award. Below is a list of all of the previous PFA Player of the Year winners…

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So, as you can see, Manchester United have the highest amount of players out of all of the previous PFA Player of the Year winners with 11. Liverpool come in second place with 6 players, followed closely by North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur with 5 players each.

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As expected, the most common nationality of the previous PFA Player of the Year winners is English; 18 out of the 43 winners have been English, 28 have been British, and 41 have been European. However, the last time Englishman who won the award was Wayne Rooney in the 2009/10 season… this is not a good omen for English football.

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However, looking at the previous PFA Player of the Year winners is not a completely fair evaluation of the state English football, as in the past two years, 2 Englishmen have won the Young Player of the Year award (Harry Kane and Dele Alli, both of Tottenham Hotspur), suggesting that England, and more specifically, Tottenham, have a strong crop of young players coming through their ranks.

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An interesting fact to notice is that in the 2 of the last 3 seasons, a non-European has won the award; the only 2 non-Europeans out of all of the previous PFA Player of the Year winners. This could suggest that English clubs are seeking players from outside of the traditional European pool more and more; however, it has to be noted that both Luis Suarez and Riyad Mahrez were both bought from European clubs, Ajax and Le Havre respectively.

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