Manchester Cityâ€™s Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane and David Silva lead a six-strong cast that also includes the prolific Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane for the 2017-18 Professional Footballersâ€™ Association Player of the Year award. Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is the other nominee.
Despite blowing the chance to seal the Premier League title in a thrilling 3-2 derby defeat to Manchester United last weekend, City still boasted a 13-point lead at the top of the table heading into this weekendâ€™s games.
De Bruyne is expected to be Cityâ€™s leading candidate, having contributed a league-high 15 assists and seven goals from midfield as Pep Guardiolaâ€™s side have marched towards the title.
However, the Belgian may be beaten to the award by Salahâ€™s free-scoring form. The Egyptian has scored 40 times in all competitions, including in each leg as Liverpool dumped City out of the Champions League quarterfinals 5-1 on aggregate. He also leads the way in the race for the Premier League golden boot with 30 goals to Kaneâ€™s 25.
Sane and Kane are also on the shortlist for the Young Player of the Year award alongside City goalkeeper Ederson and forward Raheem Sterling, Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford and left-back Ryan Sessegnon, who has starred in Fulhamâ€™s push for promotion from the Championship.