Manchester United talisman Bruno Fernandes has listed a handful of Premier League stars who he believes to be in the running for Player of the Season.
Fernandes, 26, is easily one of the most influential players that the Red Devils have had in their arsenal for quite some time. The Portuguese sensation has played a huge role in transforming their fortunes this season and as we look ahead to the future, that trend looks set to continue.
Bruno’s standout performers
With just a few games remaining in this chaotic Premier League campaign, many fans and pundits have been taking a step back to analyse who the top performers have been.
In a detailed answer to a question during ManUtd.com’s fan Q&A, Fernandes listed many big names who could feature in the POTS discussion.
“Honestly, Blaise, in the Premier League, you have a lot of good players,” Bruno said. “I think it’s difficult to choose one. For me, being the best player in the Premier League, you have to be the best from since we started to the end, and not coming and start playing in December or January and start doing well in that moment.
“The ones who were doing well before everyone forgets because those are doing better at this moment. I think to be the best player, you have to be consistent, try to be the best that you can for the longest time you can. Honestly, it’s difficult to choose one player to be the best.
“Of course, we all know the qualities that our rivals have. I think we can say this season, for me, as everyone knows Kevin De Bruyne is one of the best for me. If we go to the Liverpool squad, for example, I think Salah, if you say he’s playing well or not, he’s still scoring goals.
“Harry Kane is still doing really well in the Tottenham team, for example. I think Raphinha of Leeds is doing very well. It’s difficult to choose one. Gundogan, from the half of the season from December, started doing really well.”
Fernandes himself has scored 17 PL goals to go alongside 11 assists this season, placing him third in the top scorers list.
Praise for Lingard
“If you see Jesse, I think Jesse, at the moment, if you watch the last 10 games, has been top, top, top level,” added Bruno.
“For me, if you watch the last 10 games, he’s been the best player in the Premier League, scoring and assists in every game. Everyone here is really, really happy for him. He has confidence back, he has his swag back, because he is feeling confident. We are really, really happy for what he’s doing.
“As I’ve said, we have many players I can say now and it’s difficult to choose just one. For example, Ruben Dias has come from Benfica and been consistent since he arrived [at Manchester City]. In our team, we also have players who have been consistent for all the season and I can’t remember more players at the moment.
“I really like Mason Mount – he’s been consistent from the beginning of the season but, if people will watch numbers he’s not had so many goals as other players or assists as other players but, for me, as a performance he’s been really, really top. [Jack] Grealish, before his injuries, was being really, really good. I think Bamford from Leeds is also scoring a lot of goals, 14 I think this season already [now 15 in the Premier League], which is really good.
“I think it’s difficult to choose one. I will be here for a lot of time doing names, names, names. It’s better I stop or I will forget players and I don’t want to do that.”
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