Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho followed up victory over Manchester City with Match of the Day’s goal of the month gong on a Sunday to remember for the Brazilian maestro.
Such has been his form in recent matches that he cannot be ruled out of the reckoning for a personal accolade of a far more auspicious nature, namely the PFA Player of the Year award.
Coutinho is currently a 33/1 longshot to receive the ultimate recognition from his Premier League peers.
Yet the timing of the vote suggests he may have hit top gear at the perfect juncture, with the ballot beginning in mid-March and collected in early April.
Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas currently heads the betting at 4/1, with his Stamford Bridge colleagues Diego Costa and Eden Hazard next up on 5/1 along with Sergio Aguero.
All four shone brightest earlier in the campaign before the league leaders’ aura of invincibility had slipped and Aguero’s white-hot form was doused by injury.
Alexis Sanchez (another who hasn’t been at his best of late) comes next in the market at 7/1, with Harry Kane at 8/1 before a lengthy gap to the Liverpool man, who is considered as likely to win as John Terry, David Silva or Wayne Rooney
Meanwhile Coutinho’s influence has burgeoned amid Liverpool’s belated return to the kind of form that saw them narrowly miss out on the title 2013/14.
In his last seven games the 22-year-old has provided two assists and three remarkable goals to the cause, each being of match-winning magnitude.
The Brazilian hits the fortnight before voting begins at the top of his game, as part of a side in irrepressible form, spearing spectacular strikes on a regular basis.
If he continues to take a central role as Liverpool eat up the ground behind Chelsea and Man City that 33/1 could start to look very generous.
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