Manchester City talisman Kevin De Bruyne believes he would be a worthy winner of the Player of the Year award.
De Bruyne remains the favourite with bookmakers to win the prize despite Mohamed Salah’s sensational goalscoring exploits for Liverpool this season.
Salah has scored 29 goals in the English top flight this term and has had the most prolific debut season for a Liverpool player in the Premier League era.
However, De Bruyne believes his consistency across the entire season has been enough for him to scoop the prize. ‘Well, if I get it, it would be nice I think for the team and for me. In one way I believe I deserve it, because I have been very consistent in my form,’ the Belgian said.
‘I am very happy with myself, I am very pleased with how I have played, I didn’t expect to be this good this season, to be honest.
‘I think there is almost no game where my standard has dropped, so I have been very constant, and I am very happy with myself.
‘To maintain the level the amount of games I have played, the amount of minutes, I am very pleased with that.’
De Bruyne praised Salah for his efforts on Merseyside this season but believes it is impossible to compare himself with the Egyptian.
He added: ‘You cannot compare – it is impossible. So how do the players choose? ‘Everybody has his own opinion. It depends on what people are looking for in a player.
Salah has a remarkable goalscoring run, and he plays very well like an inside forward type of role, for me. This season he has been incredible.
‘To compare us, I don’t know. With the statistics how are we going to compare ourselves? It’s totally different, I played (against Everton) like a defensive midfielder, how you can compare me to an inside forward? I have no idea.
‘He has been outstanding, his record speaks for itself. It’s just the way it goes. Luckily I don’t have to do that.’