Chelsea are top of the table and have been the most consistent team in the league this season, but former Arsenal Ladies, Liverpool Ladies and Everton Ladies goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis has said that no Chelsea player should be on the shortlist for the Player of the Year award.
Despite many pundits tipping N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard for the award, Brown-Finnis believes Chelsea’s dominance is as a result of team effort and much hasn’t been done individually.
No Chelsea player made her six man shortlist, instead she included Burnley duo Tom Heaton and Michael Keane, Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.
Tottenham pair Danny Rose and Dele Alli make up the list, with Alli her winner for the award.
“I went for players that have impressed me, not necessarily ones from the top teams,” she told the BBC.
“Several of Chelsea’s players have been excellent but I see their strength as a team unit, and in their shape and tactics, rather than relying on outstanding individuals.”
“Liverpool’s Sadio Mane is exciting to watch, as is Everton’s Tom Davies, who does not make my six but should make the shortlist for young player of the year,” she added.
“Tottenham full-back Danny Rose has had an outstanding season and I am pleased he is now being recognised as one of the best there is in his position, because he has had to win a few people over.
“But I am going for Rose’s team-mate at Spurs, Dele Alli, to win it. I don’t think of him as a young player anymore because he is already a leader, someone who can conduct play.
“Alli has been exceptional for Tottenham and when I watch him for England I just think ‘yes!’ – we have found the replacement for Steven Gerrard that we have been waiting for.”