Mesut Özil has been shortlisted for the PFA Player of the Year award (via Sky Sports), and as usual Sky Sports have done a poll asking their viewers who they think should be awarded the accolade.
Arsenal fans are known for ‘hijacking‘ online polls, and Liverpool legend turned Sky pundit Jamie Carragher was quick to point it out. He took to Twitter to suggest we’d skewed the results, with Özil topping the poll with 53%.
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) April 13, 2016
While Özil has unquestionably been fantastic this season – with the German playmaker still potentially on track to break the all time Premier League assists record – but it’s certainly questionable whether he deserves the PFA Player of the Year award.
He hasn’t quite been at his best during the second half of the season, and in all honesty he’s been let down by some of his teammates. The PotY award normally goes to a league winner, and it’s hard to see it not going to one of the Leicester trio.
The fact that he’s topped the Sky Sports poll merely shows just how great the fan support is from out club, and hopefully Özil and his teammates appreciate it.
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It would be great to see the World Cup winner clinch the title, but the fact that the winner is chosen by his peers makes it increasingly unlikely. The fans may hijack online polls, but our players are constantly overlooked by our opposition, regardless of whether we’re deserving. We’ve regularly seen Chelsea and Manchester United players ignore Arsenal when picking their team of the year, despite the fact that several players more than deserve a place.
Perhaps if Özil breaks the assists record and we perform well during the last few games, he’ll be in with a chance.