Kane, however, has the lowest total performance score and average who scored rating out of the three. His team is also lowest on the table. It is fair to say that despite Kane’s terrific success, he is definitely third in the race. His recent injury will certainly not help his cause (even if he did come back two months ahead of schedule).
Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City
De Bruyne’s statistical success is more defined by his teammates than Salah or Kane. The Belgian has a league high 15 assists, to go along with 7 goals. Those 7 goals, however, are on only 77 shots. Giving him a 60% shot accuracy, which is higher than Kane (56%), and just behind Salah (62%).
De Bruyne’s success is mainly defined on his passing. The 15 assists are nice, but he is head and shoulders above his competitors in two areas. Key passes (82) and chances created (97). His 84% pass completion is loads better than Salah and Kane. This is impressive considering he has completed more passes (1,941) than Salah and Kane combined (by around 800).
De Bruyne also has seen his teammates enjoy success, which in large part comes down to his creative prowess. Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling are both in the top ten for goals in the league, with 21 and 16 respectively. Additionally, David Siva and Leroy Sane are tied for second in the league with 11 assists each. No other team has any players with double digit assists other than Manchester City, which has all three. De Bruyne’s creativity has led to sustained success from his teammates. As a result, City are a win away from the title. De Bruyne’s average rating is 7.91 which is tops in the Premier League. His Squawka performance score is second amongst these three players. However, his possession score (how effective he is in possession) is 304.18. By comparison, both Kane and Salah have negative possession scores.
This one is fairly straightforward. City are in first by a mile and will win the title. Possibly within the next seven days. They have lost just once all year, and have racked up an absurd 27 wins in 31 games. They are on course to be one of the best Premier League teams ever. If you value the argument that the Player of the Year is, simply, the best player on the best team, than De Bruyne comes out ahead.