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Our writers pick their Premier League Player of the Year

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s the 2020-21 Premier League season nears its conclusion, debate is turning to who has been the standout individual performer and deserves to win the Player of the Year award.

Here, the Standard Sport team offer their pick and their reason behind their choice.

Dan Kilpatrick: Harry Kane (Tottenham)

The England captain is on course to be the first-ever player to finish as top-scorer and with the most assists in a Premier League season and is perhaps responsible for the best individual performance of the campaign – his four assists and one goal at Southampton.

His remarkable output is in spite of playing in a poor side who are sinking fast.

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Kane has been both Spurs’ focal point and creative hub, and it is genuinely alarming to think how wretched their season might have been without him.

It is equally strange to think his brilliance was not long ago being questioned. He has silenced his doubters again and deserves all the individual accolades coming to him.

Simon Collings: Ruben Dias (Manchester City)

Kevin De Bruyne has been the heartbeat and conductor of this Manchester City team, but Ruben Dias is their rock at the back.

The defender has been nothing short of a revelation during his first season in England and it is scary to think he is still only 23.

Manchester City forked out around £65million to sign Dias from Benfica in the summer, but he has fully justified that price tag so far.

The biggest compliment you can give him is that he has had a similar impact to Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool.

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Jack Rosser: Harry Kane (Tottenham)

If a nomination for a non-existent player of the year award from myself does not satisfy Harry Kane’s trophy winning desire, I don’t know what will.

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