Erling Haaland was a clear-cut winner of the PFA Player of the Year award last season, but the early betting suggests this term's decision isn't going to prove so straightforward.
Betfred's Peter Spencer has taken a look at the current market which is, unsurprisingly, dominated by Manchester City and Liverpool stars.
Back in 2019, eyebrows were raised when Manchester City shelled out a then-record £62.6 million on Rodri from Atletico Madrid.
However, the 27-year-old defensive midfielder has since emerged as a vital cog in Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering team.
He might not attract the same back-page headlines as fellow title-chasing stars Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden or Erling Haaland, but the understated Spanish international is as influential on the pitch and that's reflected in his position atop the betting for the 2023/24 PFA Player of the Year award.
Betfred make Rodri the narrow favourite at 9/4 to pick up the prestigious award, voted for by fellow Premier League professionals.
Hot on his tails is City teammate and goal-scoring machine Haaland at 5/2. The Norwegian's freakishly-high standard has dropped ever-so-slightly this term, with 'only' 14 goals in 20 games.
That being said, he's still the Premier League's joint-top goalscorer this season alongside Liverpool's Mo Salah. The ultra-consistent winger, who's currently with Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations, is available at a tempting 9/2 to be voted POTY.
Declan Rice, who made the switch from West Ham to Arsenal for a whopping £100m last summer, has earned quotes of 6/1 after the first half of the season.
Further down the betting we have Trent Alexander-Arnold at 9/1 and Kevin De Bruyne - who made an instant impact on his return from injury when scoring and assisting in City's dramatic 3-2 victory at St James' Park in mid-January - at an attractive 20/1.
Bernardo Silva is 25/1, which is marginally shorter than the Gunners' Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard at 28/1 and 33/1 respectively - and then it's 40/1 bar.
"Our shrewd football punters have put themselves in the minds of the pros who clearly know the value of Rodri, an excellent defensive midfielder who has the reputation that when he plays City rarely lose."
Fred Done, Betfred Boss
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