Vivianne Miedema has been nominated by the English players’ union PFA for the prize of Football Player of the Year. The Arsenal striker, who extended her expiring contract on Friday despite interest from several European top clubs, has competition from five other players.
The 25-year-old Miedema has to compete with her teammate Beth Mead, top scorer Sam Kerr of champions Chelsea, Alex Greenwood of Manchester City and Alessia Russo and Ella Toone of Manchester United.
Miedema finished second in the league with Arsenal this season, one point behind Chelsea. The Hoogeveen was already chosen by her colleagues as Player of the Year in England in 2019. Virgil van Dijk was then awarded the men’s prize. In 2020 it remained with a nomination for Miedema.
In the men’s race, Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace), Declan Rice (West Ham United), Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold (both Liverpool) and Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden of leaders Manchester City have a chance to win this prize.
City defend a one point lead over pursuers Liverpool in the last round of the Premier League on Sunday. ‘The Citizens’ play at home against Aston Villa, while Liverpool host Wolverhampton Wanderers.