The PFA Player of the Year award is a prestigious honour given annually to the standout football player in the English Premier League.

Voted by the members of the Professional Footballers’ Association, it was first awarded in 1974 and acknowledges the exceptional skill and consistent performance of a player throughout the season.

It is highly respected because it reflects the opinions of fellow professional players, making it a special recognition of talent and hard work within the league.

Over the years, winners have included some of the greatest names in football, such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer, and Gary Lineker.

With each recipient leaving a significant mark on the sport during their respective seasons, it is the award all footballers want to win.

So just who is in with a shot of lifting the trophy in 2024? There are about six players who could conceivably win it, but only two stand out as having a real chance.

They are Phil Foden and Rodri, both from Manchester City. The betting markets have Foden edging out his teammate, but it could be a close-run race to the podium.

When Is The Awards Ceremony In 2024?

The specific dates have not yet been confirmed; however, traditionally, the short list of nominees is revealed in mid-August, with the ceremony taking place in early September.

PFA Player of the Year Odds

Obviously, football is far more than just an individual sport and it’s not always the best individuals that win the league.

However, the PFA Player of the Year award means that individuals do get recognised for their personal achievements.

Considering it’s voted for by the other players in the league, it holds a certain kudos, but you do have to be exceptional, which is why so few players are in contention this season.

I should point out that the list below is not exhaustive as there are a few on odds of 250/1 but who are we kidding, they’re never going to win it in 2024!

Player Odds
Phil Foden 5/6
Rodri 11/4
Declan Rice 8/1
Bukayo Saka 11/1
Martin Odegaard 12/1
Ollie Watkins 12/1
Erling Haaland 14/1
Kevin De Bruyne 22/1
Virgil van Dijk 40/1
Mohamed Salah 50/1
William Saliba 66/1
Alexis Mac Allister 100/1

(*Odds taken from Betfred on May 8th 2024)

Phil Foden

Phil Foden is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Manchester City and the England national team.

Known for his technical skills, Foden has quickly become one of the most promising young talents in football.

Born in 2000 in Stockport, he joined Manchester City’s academy at the age of eight and progressed through the ranks until he made his first-team debut in November 2017, coming on as a substitute in a UEFA Champions League game against Feyenoord.

Under the management of Pep Guardiola, Foden’s development has been carefully managed and, as a regular starter, has contributed significantly to the team’s successes both domestically and in Europe.

Foden is known for his dribbling ability, quick feet, and sharp mind, which allow him to navigate tight spaces and make intelligent plays.

His versatility is a significant asset; he can play in various midfield roles and even as a forward if needed, which is highlighted by the fact that he scored 16 goals from 31 appearances this season.

With five Premier League titles under his belt, he was the Young Player of the Season in both 2020/21 and 2021/22.

And, in 2024, he might just win the PFA Player of the Year.

Rodri

Rodri, (Rodrigo Hernández Cascante), is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for both Manchester City and the Spain national team.

Born in Madrid in 1996, he began his footballing career in the youth ranks of Rayo Majadahonda before moving to Atlético Madrid’s youth setup.

He made his professional debut with Villarreal in December 2015, after a brief return to the club where he spent part of his youth career.

His performances at Villarreal were impressive and earned him a move back to Atlético Madrid in 2018.

Just a short while later he signed for Manchester City for a reported fee of €70 million, which at the time was a club record.

He was brought in as a long-term replacement for Fernandinho, and under the guidance of manager Pep Guardiola, quickly adapted to the demands of English football.

With his excellent positional play, robust physical presence, and ability to read the game, he helps to set the pace of the gameplay. And he has managed to bag seven goals this season!

Since joining Manchester City, he has won three Premier League titles and also played a significant role in City’s 2020-2021 UEFA Champions League campaign, when they reached the final.

Can so can he beat out his fellow team mate and also add the PFA title to his ever-growing list of achievements? Time will tell.

Past Winners

In the Premier League, seven players have won it twice. They are Mark Hughes, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Kevin De Bruyne and Mo Salah.

Last year’s winner was Erling Haaland, the first Norwegian player to be recognised and only the second from Manchester City after Kevin De Bruyne.

Season Player Club
2022–23 Erling Haaland Manchester City
2021–22 Mohamed Salah (2) Liverpool
2020–21 Kevin De Bruyne (2) Manchester City
2019–20 Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City
2018–19 Virgil van Dijk Liverpool
2017–18 Mohamed Salah Liverpool
2016–17 N’Golo Kanté Chelsea
2015–16 Riyad Mahrez Leicester City
2014–15 Eden Hazard Chelsea
2013–14 Luis Suárez Liverpool
2012–13 Gareth Bale (2) Tottenham Hotspur
2011–12 Robin van Persie Arsenal
2010–11 Gareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur
2009–10 Wayne Rooney Manchester United
2008–09 Ryan Giggs Manchester United
2007–08 Cristiano Ronaldo (2) Manchester United
2006–07 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United
2005–06 Steven Gerrard Liverpool
2004–05 John Terry Chelsea
2003–04 Thierry Henry (2) Arsenal
2002–03 Thierry Henry Arsenal
2001–02 Ruud van Nistelrooy Manchester United
2000–01 Teddy Sheringham Manchester United