The PFA Player of the Year betting is dominated by Leicester City twosome Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, the duo chiefly responsible for the Foxes’ surge towards the Premier League title.
At 1/2 and 7/4 respectively, if one doesn’t get it, the other almost certainly will, while Tottenham striker Harry Kane lurks on the punting periphery at 8/1, poised to steal the gong if the pacesetting pair are inexplicably overlooked.
Such is the stranglehold of Leicester’s leading lights, there’s no space in the player of the year picture for Everton titan Romelu Lukaku who, at 80/1, is well out of the reckoning.
The barely-believable nature of Leicester’s position on the cusp of glory makes it understandable that one of their star men is awarded the most coveted individual honour English football has to offer, but were it not for this particular freakishness, the disregarded Belgian would have every right to be aggrieved.
With 18 Premier League goals to date, Lukaku is one strike behind Vardy and three off the division’s top scorer Kane.
What makes his net-bulging exploits all the more impressive is that he has achieved them while representing the 12th-best team in the top-flight, not one sitting first or second.
No team in the league has created more chances than Spurs’ 405 so far. Leicester aren’t quite as adept in the conjuring stakes, but they’ve still fashioned more scoring opportunities than the Toffees’ 293.
With a goal involvement percentage of 49, Lukaku has made a bigger input than either of Vardy and Kane, while he is only marginally adrift of Mahrez (52%).
His stats rival those of the best players of the league’s strongest teams, yet he is recording these numbers while representing a struggling side in the bottom half of the division.
Lacking the advantages of his peers yet achieving to the same levels underlines just how exceptional Lukaku’s season has been and, while he almost certainly won’t be presented with the PFA’s top prize, he definitely deserves to be.