Ferdinand names four players that deserve POTY more than Van Dijk

Date published: Wednesday 5th February 2020 8:59

Rio Ferdinand Manchester United

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says there are players more worthy of winning the Premier League Player of the Year than Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.

Since joining in January 2018, Van Dijk has helped transform Liverpool‘s backline into one of the meanest defences in Europe with only 15 Premier League goals conceded this season.

Van Dijk‘s performances this season will put him in contention for the Player of the Year accolade but Ferdinand thinks there are players more deserving.

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Ferdinand told the Daily Mirror: “I think he (Van Dijk) is undoubtedly the best defender in the world, the best centre-back in the world now.

“He’d get my vote for best defender, best centre-half, but he wouldn’t get my vote for Player of the Year. I think there’s a few other people probably vying for that accolade.

“But he has been tremendous. I think he’s a fantastic footballer. Calm, cool, collected, strong, quick. All the attributes you’d want in a modern day player.

“And he carries himself very well – I love the way he carries himself.”

When asked who he would vote for, Ferdinand replied: “I think Jordan Henderson has been very good. I think [Sadio] Mane has been my favourite player when I watch Liverpool if I’m honest.

“When I watch Liverpool he’s the person who gets me off my seat more than anyone. He’d definitely be up there.

“[Jamie] Vardy’s been good, scoring those goals. Kevin De Bruyne – when you watch him he just purrs. So there’s a few names there.”


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