Pienaar: I'd Have Picked De Bruyne Over Salah For Player Of The Year
Steven Pienaar: I'd Have Picked Kevin De Bruyne Over Mohamed Salah For Player Of The Year
Former Bafana Bafana star Steven Pienaar says he would have picked Kevin De Bruyne ahead of Mohamed Salah for the PFA Player of the Year award.
The Belgian playmaker, who was nominated along with Leroy Sane, David Silva, Harry Kane, Dele Alli and David de Gea for the prize, was pipped to the award by the Egyptian superstar, who became only the second African in history to be named the Player of the Year.
Pienaar, now an international ambassador for his former club Everton, believes that De Bruyne's contribution to Manchester City's league title triumph has been immense and warranted him winning the award.
"It's difficult, obviously, as they're having the best seasons of their lives at the moment," the South African told ESPN.
"For me, personally, I'd go for Kevin De Bruyne. He obviously doesn't score as many goals as Mo Salah, but he's very important for Manchester City, for the way they play, and he creates a lot of goals from the midfield.
"There's something special (about De Bruyne) and I think Kevin would get my vote if I had one."
De Bruyne has made 49 appearances for the Citizens so far this season, scoring 12 goals and assisting a further 20 strikes.
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