‘No one comes close’ – Jamie Redknapp names his Premier League player of the season Advertisement Jamie Redknapp’s six-man shortlist 1. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)2. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)3. David Silva (Manchester City)4. Eden Hazard (Chelsea)5. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)6. Harry Kane (Tottenham) Metro Sport ReporterSunday 3 Feb 2019 11:50 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Virgil van Dijk has helped Liverpool climb to the top of the table (Picture: Getty)‘Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kane — Salah’s golden boot rivals — also have to be included.‘Aubameyang has been prolific in an Arsenal team who have struggled for creativity while Kane remains Spurs’ most important player.‘His goals have been worth six points to Spurs — more than any player — and his late strikes against PSV salvaged their Champions League campaign.‘At Manchester City, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva have all enjoyed excellent seasons but I would argue that David Silva should be on the shortlist.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Now 33 and without Kevin De Bruyne alongside him for most of the campaign, he has been the heartbeat of Pep Guardiola’s side.‘Chelsea may have blown hot and cold, but you cannot discount Eden Hazard. He is our league’s most naturally talented player and is in double figures for goals and assists.‘With this award, timing is everything. This time last year De Bruyne was the clear favourite, only for Salah to storm into the running. But looking at the season so far, these six are the outstanding candidates.’Premier League leaders Liverpool face West Ham at the London Stadium on Monday evening.MORE: Jamie Carragher slams Shkodran Mustafi after Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City Comment Advertisement Jamie Redknapp has named his stand-out players of the season (Picture: Getty)Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is on course to be crowned the Premier League player of the year, according to Jamie Redknapp.Netherlands international Van Dijk has played a huge role in helping Liverpool climb to the top of the table this season.Before last weekend’s 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace, Liverpool had conceded just nine goals in the league.Redknapp says ‘no one comes close’ to Van Dijk, although the former England international suggested five other players in with a shot of ending the season as player of the year.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘No one comes close to Virgil van Dijk,’ Redknapp told the Daily Mail.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He has transformed Liverpool into a rock-solid team who are favourites to win their first league title for 29 years.‘His team-mate and reigning player of the year Mo Salah must fancy his chances of defending the crown.‘He has followed up a record-breaking first season at Anfield by topping the scoring charts with 16 goals.
… New champions to be crownedBy Ras WadadaTHE long-awaited and much-maligned Season Two of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF)/Stag Elite League will eventually kick off this coming Sunday at the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) ground albeit minus the top two teams of the inaugural season as well as two others.After over two months of tolerance, exercised by the governing body while being guided by CONCACAF and FIFA, the demands of four aggrieved clubs for arbitration to settle their grievances have been turned down.The clubs, GFC, Pele FC, runners-up Alpha United and champions Slingerz FC, have all written to the GFF signalling their withdrawals from the season two and with them go the top Elite players of the first season.The original four of Conquerors FC, GDF, Buxton United and Monedderlust FC will be joined by newcomers Victoria Kings of East Coast and from the mining town of Linden, Topp XX FC in quest of the top prize worth $6M.The runners-up will carry away $3M, 3rd placers $2M and fourth-placers $1M. In addition there will be a KO competition among the top four teams at the end of round one of the two-round League.The winners will earn $1.5M and the runners-up $700 000. Third- and fourth-placers will pocket $500 000 and $300 000 respectively.City-based teams Fruta Conquerors and the Army must be among the top three contenders, along with Topp XX, a side with rich football pedigree and success. The bottom tier will be just as exciting and evenly contested among the teams from the Eastern coastline: Kings, Buxton and Monedderlust. No doubt they will provide stern opposition and surprises for the top half.An explosion of new talent will be off-loaded with their eyes on the League’s valuable MVP award of one Honda XR 150cc, compliments of Marics Honda.The biggest prize is the coveted championship of Guyana’s top flight football and with fans being gifted a 50 percent reduction to admission, their support can be pivotal in determining the final outcome.The GFF has informed that a double-header and a march past of the teams will highlight Sunday’s opening of the season. Victoria Kings will begin their campaign against the GDF and Fruta Conquerors will confront Linden’s Topp XX in the matches set for the kick-off.Never has there been such a level playing field among the contenders where anyone of the Elite Super Six can be crowned champions. What is certain is that new champions will be crowned since the doors have been closed on the disgruntled four and the way is now clear for the ‘Beautiful Game’ to unfold.