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Race to POTY – Matchday 12

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@DaveTindallgolf‘s Race to the Premier League Player of the Year after Matchday 12.

1/ Eden Hazard

(Last week: 1)

Scored 10 in 10 from August to early October but now six without a goal for club and country. Still, with seven Premier League goals and four assists, the Chelsea maestro remains leader of the pack although a host of Man City players are starting to queue up behind him.

2/ David Silva

(Last week: 3)

Silva’s climb continues and I’ll nudge him up another spot after his opener in the Manchester derby set City on the way to victory. Not only pulling the strings every week but scoring regularly as well. That’s three in three and four in five for the Spanish wizard.

3/ Raheem Sterling

(Last week: 2)

A new contract, a new dog and a huge player in City’s lethal attack. In the Premier League he has six goals and five assists and played a big part in the first goal against United on Sunday. And yet it still feels as if there’s more to come.

4/ Sergio Aguero

(Last week: 5)

After Hazard led the Golden Boot race for a few months, it now has a more familiar look with Aguero assuming top spot on eight goals after his thumping second in Sunday’s derby. The new haircut is dodgy but his eye for goal remains as sharp as ever.

5/ Virgil van Dijk

(Last week: 4)

It would have been impossible for Liverpool to have started recent seasons with 30 points from their opening 12 games, letting in just five goals on the way. Not now, and the Dutchman is the main reason why the Reds’ defence is transformed. Time for a goal now maybe Virgil.

6/ Callum Wilson

(Last week: 6)

A disappointing loss at Newcastle at the weekend but check the table and Bournemouth are still there in the top six. With six Premier League goals and four assists, Wilson’s flying club form has gained him an England call-up and deservedly so.

7/ Mo Salah

(Last week: 8)

One-season wonder? Nah. The Egyptian has stepped it up in recent weeks with five goals in six games and he’s set Liverpool on the way to victory with the opener in three of their last four Premier League games, the latest at home to Fulham on Sunday.

8/ Harry Kane

(Last week: 7)

Similar to Salah in many ways in that he hasn’t hit the mighty peaks of recent times but the numbers are still impressive. It’s 10 goals in 16 appearances for Spurs in all comps and he’s doing more than just sticking the ball in the back of the net.

9/ Bernardo Silva

(Last week: N/A)

Kevin de Bruyne’s injury absence should really have hurt City this season. It hasn’t due to the flying form of Bernardo Silva, who bagged two assists against Man Utd. He’s also sprinkled five goals during City’s ominous start to the campaign.

10/ Raul Jimenez

(Last week: N/A)

The final spot is always quite fluid so I’ll award it to Raul Jimenez after he helped Wolves to an excellent 1-1 draw at Arsenal. The Mexican has provided either a goal or an assist in six of his last eight Premier League games, turning losses into draws and draws into wins. That’s impact.

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