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PFA Player of the Year Odds

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
3 October 2023, 12:47

The PFA Player of The Year award is one of the most coveted individual prizes in English football. It is handed to the player named best of the season in the country as voted by the Professional Footballers Association. Last year, the award went to Erling Haaland following his incredible debut season in the Premier League

Curiously, no player has won this award more than twice in their career but there are players who can break this record next year. To have an understanding of who are the favourites to win the award for the 2023/24 season, we can have a look at the PFA Player of the Year odds.

PFA Player of the Year Betting List

As far as the PFA Player of the Year odds are concerned, Erling Haaland is considered the top contender by the bookmakers. The full list includes other players from the top English teams.

PFA PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATEBET365 ODDS
Erling Haaland2.37
Rodri9.00
Mohamed Salah 9.00
Bukayo Saka11.00
Declan Rice 13.00

Erling Haaland

Erling Haaland’s first season in the Premier League was a record-breaking one as he finished the 2022/23 term with a mind-boggling 36 goals in 35 matches for Manchester City. Of course, those goals played a crucial role in the Citizens’ title win. Considering Haaland’s otherworldly numbers and consistent performances, it was no surprise that he was awarded the PFA Player of the Year at the end of the season.

What is more, there are no signs suggesting that Haaland plans on stopping, already netting eight times in the first seven league games of the 2023/24 term. The issue here might be that the surprise factor is lost – after his scoring feat from last year, it is expected that the Norwegian scores at least 30 again. So Haaland needs to outdo himself from last season if he is to win his second consecutive PFA Player of the Year.

Rodri

Rodri was not among Bet365’s top five contenders for the PFA Player of the Year at the start of the 2023/24 term but now finds himself in the second spot after an impressive start of the season with Manchester City. The Spaniard continues building on top of his solid performances from last year which saw him nominated for the 2023 Ballon d’Or.

Rodri has started in six league games for the Citizens so far and has recorded two goals and one assist – including the late goal against Sheffield United on matchday 3 that brought his team the victory. However, the most valuable aspect of Rodri’s game is not the goal contribution but rather his defensive workrate, solid passes that start Man City’s attacks and the consistency.

If the Spain international is named the PFA Player of the Year at the end of the season, it definitely won’t be because of his goals and assists.

Mohamed Salah 

The only other player on the list that already has won the PFA Player of the Year in the past – twice, actually – is Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian was named best in England in the 2017/18 and 2021/22 seasons, and while Liverpool did not win the league those terms, Mo had impressive personal numbers.

Salah had a good 2022/23 season with 19 goals and 12 assists in 38 matches but his chances to win the award were certainly hurt by the Reds finishing only fifth in the league standings. The Reds look better this year after the summer transfer, and the 31-year-old has also started strong with three goals and four assists in seven matches. 

If Salah gets his hands on the award, he’d become the first player to win it three times, beating the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry who have two wins each.

Bukayo Saka 

As incredible as it sounds, the last English player to win the PFA Player of the Year award was Wayne Rooney way back in the 2009/10 season. In case of a solid year with Arsenal, Bukayo Saka has the chance to put an end to this poor spell for English players in the Premier League.

Despite being only 22 years old, Bukayo Saka is already a key player for Arsenal. The winger had a vital role in the Gunners’ title charge in the 2022/23 season, contributing with 14 goals and 11 assists in 38 league matches. Saka was deservingly named PFA Young Player of the Year and included in the PFA Team of the Year. 

To stand a chance in the PFA Player of the Year award for 2023/24, Saka needs to improve on his personal record from last term and achieve a high finish with Arsenal. This term so far, the youngster has scored four goals and provided two assists in seven league matches for the Gunners.

Declan Rice 

Another player that can break the Englishmen’s curse is Declan Rice. Novelty plays an important role in the PFA Player of the Year awards as we are already used to Kevin De Bruyne bagging assists by the dozen or Mo Salah scoring game in, game out. 

For Rice, this will be his first season at a top club and his first title charge, giving him all the chances to be the visible, standout performer at Arsenal. He just needs consistency and a few goals and assists to his name – just like the match-winner against Manchester United!

The 24-year-old has started in all seven league games for Arsenal so far and has generally earned praise from the fans and the media, suggesting that he will be a key player for Mikel Arteta in 2023/24.