Chelsea and Man City dominate women’s PFA Player of the Year shortlist with Kirby and Kerr nominated

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Chelsea and Man City dominate the Women’s PFA Player of the Year nominations with Fran Kirby and Sam Kerr leading the way… while the entire Young Player of the Year shortlist is made up of English talents including Lauren Hemp and Ella Toone

  • Chelsea and Man City dominate the women’s PFA Player of the Year shortlist
  • Fran Kirby and Sam Kerr are both contenders after Chelsea’s title win
  • City’s Lauren Hemp is nominated for the top prize and the Young Player Award
  • The six-player shortlist for the Young Player Award are all England internationals

Chelsea and Manchester City dominate the shortlist for the Women’s PFA Player of the Year Award with three players from each club nominated for the award.

Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby are both contenders after Chelsea’s title-winning season. Kerr finished the campaign as the WSL’s top scorer with 21 goals, while Kirby scored 16.

Kirby was the joint top for assists with 11, alongside Manchester City’s Chloe Kelly and Arsenal’s Katie McCabe. While Kelly, who also scored 10 goals, is one of the players to make the shortlist, no Arsenal stars have been included.

Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby are both contenders for the Women’s PFA Player of the Year award

Manchester City's Chloe Kelly is also nominated after scoring 10 goals and 11 assists

Manchester City’s Chloe Kelly is also nominated after scoring 10 goals and 11 assists

Chelsea goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger is the only defensive player in the nominations with City’s Lauren Hemp and Sam Mewis making up the rest of the list.

Berger made a number of crucial saves in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with City, which effectively gave Emma Hayes’ side the title, and kept 12 clean sheets in 17 games.

US international Mewis contributed seven goals and two assists for Gareth Taylor’s side after coming on loan from North Carolina Courage.

Hemp, who is also shortlisted for the Young Player of the Year, has scored six goals and eight assists in just 15 games.

Chelsea goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger is the only defensive player in the nominations

Chelsea goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger is the only defensive player in the nominations

Lauren Hemp is nominated for both the main prize and the Young Player prize

Lauren Hemp is nominated for both the main prize and the Young Player prize

The attacker missed the start of the season with a hamstring injury, but returned in December to help City get back into the title race.

The rest of the Young Player of the Year shortlist is made up of English stars, including Ella Toone, Ellie Roebuck, Lauren James, Niamh Charles and Ebony Salmon.

Toone finished the season as Manchester United’s top scorer with nine goals and has also been called up as a reserve player for Hege Riise’s Team GB Olympic squad.

Roebuck kept 11 clean sheets and scored just 13 goals in 20 appearances for City. James scored two goals for United, including their first at Old Trafford in the 3-0 win over West Ham in March.

Ella Toone finished the season as Manchester United's top scorer with nine goals in the WSL

Ella Toone finished the season as Manchester United’s top scorer with nine goals in the WSL

The midfielder was also nominated for Goal of the Season for her strike against Chelsea, but injuries limited her to just 10 appearances all season.

Charles had an impressive first season for Chelsea and her versatility made her a valuable asset to Hayes.

Salmon’s six goals and two assists for Bristol City earned her a late-season move to American club Racing Louisville following the Robins’ relegation to the championship.

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