Ranking Premier League’s 8 Player of the Season nominees – from Salah to Bowen

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It's that time of the year again, folks! So slap on a pair of shiny shoes and remember to keep Will Smith's wife's name out of your f****** mouth 'cause it's awards season, bay-bay!

On Friday the 13th, the eight nominees for the Premier League Player of the Year were officially announced, so we thought we'd ask our fabulous Daily Star Sport writers and editors to rank them all in order.

To precisely no one's surprise, Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne have made the cut after spearheading Liverpool and Manchester City's respective title pushes. Tottenham's Son Heung-min also gets the nod after netting over 20 Premier League goals for the first time ever this season.

Elsewhere, Bukayo Saka's fine form for Arsenal earns him a nomination, while Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joao Cancelo are the only defenders to be picked. West Ham's Jarrod Bowen and Southampton's James Ward-Prowse have also made the list following their super-impressive campaigns.

So without further ado, here's how we saw things:

Patrick Austen-Hardy

8. James Ward-Prowse

7. Trent Alexander-Arnold

6. Joao Cancelo

5. Bukayo Saka

4. Jarrod Bowen

3. Son Heung-min

2. Mohamed Salah

1. Kevin De Bruyne

'For the majority of the season, De Bruyne and Salah have been a cut above everyone else, but considering Salah’s little dip in form, De Bruyne pips it for me, especially with his terrifying sharp-shooting, eye of the needle assists, and underrated leadership in this City team.

'However, Bukayo Saka gets an honourable mention. I think many were concerned for him after his penalty heartbreak last summer, but he's dragged this Arsenal side into top-four contention. England have another diamond on their hands.'

How would you rank the eight nominees for PFA Player of the Year? Let us know in the comments section.

Harry Brent

8. Bukayo Saka

7. Trent Alexander-Arnold

6. Son Heung-min

5. James Ward-Prowse

4. Joao Cancelo

3. Jarrod Bowen

2. Kevin De Bruyne

1. Mohamed Salah

'Boringly, it's probably a toss-up between Salah and De Bruyne again, but Salah just nicks it for me given his electric form earlier in the season.

'Bowen and Ward-Prowse have been fantastic, but not talismanic enough to challenge for first place. Cancelo edges out Alexander Arnold in the battle of the full-backs, while Son scores low because in my view Harry Kane has been the real magic-man at Tottenham this season – despite his slow start.'

Dan Burnham

8. James Ward-Prowse

7. Trent Alexander-Arnold

6. Bukayo Saka

5. Joao Cancelo

4. Jarrod Bowen

3. Son Heung-min

2. Mohamed Salah

1. Kevin De Bruyne

'If Salah had been able to maintain his form from the start of the season then he would have blitzed the competition, but his recent dip combined with De Bruyne's talismanic performances mean it's the City man who pips the Liverpool star for me.

'Son Heung-min follows after stepping up as Spurs' star man, while Jarrod Bowen gets into my top four as one of the most consistent performers across the campaign.'

Josh Challies

8. Trent Alexander-Arnold

7. Bukayo Saka

6. Son Heung-min

5. James Ward-Prowse

4. Joao Cancelo

3. Jarrod Bowen

2. Mohamed Salah

1. Kevin De Bruyne

'De Bruyne and Salah have been in a league of their own this season, though the latter has fizzled out towards the back end of the campaign while De Bruyne continues to be sensational.

'Bowen and Ward-Prowse are arguably the best English players from clubs outside the top-six, while Saka continues to go from strength to strength, and Son outgrew Spurs years ago.'

Jeremy Cross

8. Joao Cancelo

7. James Ward-Prowse

6. Jarrod Bowen

5. Bukayo Saka

4. Trent Alexander-Arnold

3. Mohamed Salah

2. Son Heung-min

1. Kevin De Bruyne

'De Bruyne has been more consistent than Salah and is driving Manchester City to a fourth Premier League title in five seasons. He is now the best midfielder in world football.

'Son Heung-min, meanwhile, remains one of the most underrated stars in the game and deserves to be above Salah in the pecking order due to the fact he's contributed so much to a less effective team than Liverpool.'

Kasra Moradi

8. James Ward-Prowse

7. Trent Alexander-Arnold

6. Son Heung-min

5. Bukayo Saka

4. Joao Cancelo

3. Jarrod Bowen

2. Mohamed Salah

1. Kevin De Bruyne

'De Bruyne's scintillating form in the business end of the title race puts him ahead of Salah, who looked unplayable at times earlier this season.

'Bowen’s goal involvements have been crucial to West Ham’s pursuit of European football while Cancelo and Saka have been the most consistent performers for their respective clubs.'

Nick Murphy

8. James Ward-Prowse

7. Trent Alexander-Arnold

6. Bukayo Saka

5. Joao Cancelo

4. Jarrod Bowen

3. Son Heung-min

2. Kevin De Bruyne

1. Mohamed Salah

'There can be no arguing that Salah and De Bruyne have been the two standout players in the Premier League once again this season, but it's the Egyptian King who deserves to take top spot. Despite struggling for form over the last few weeks, Salah is way out in front when it comes to overall goal contributions and is now deservedly in the best in the world conversation.

'Special mention has to go to West Ham star Bowen, whose incredible campaign should be rewarded with a first England cap before long.'

Will Schofield

8. Bukayo Saka

7. James Ward-Prowse

6. Trent Alexander-Arnold

5. Son Heung-min

4. Joao Cancelo

3. Jarrod Bowen

2. Mohamed Salah

1. Kevin De Bruyne

'De Bruyne and Salah have once again proved they are the best players in the league, if not the world at the moment, but De Bruyne has bent games to will at times – and that's why he pips the Egyptian for me.

'A special mention has to go to Bowen, who has been exceptional this season, and surely an England call-up is on the horizon.'

Jack Staplehurst

8. James Ward-Prowse

7. Bukayo Saka

6. Trent Alexander-Arnold

5. Jarrod Bowen

4. Joao Cancelo

3. Son Heung-min

2. Kevin De Bruyne

1. Mohamed Salah

'De Bruyne's form at the end of the campaign has been sensational, but it has just come a little too late to pip Salah to top spot, despite his own dip.

'Joao Cancelo deserves recognition for proving it's not just Liverpool's full-backs who can redefine what we expect from the modern day wide defender.'

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