PFA awards: Chelsea’s Sam Kerr and Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema lead shortlist

Sam Kerr scored 29 goals in all competitions for Chelsea this season

Chelsea striker Sam Kerr and Arsenal forward Vivianne Miedema have been nominated for the Professional Footballers’ Association women’s players’ player of the year award.

Miedema is joined by Gunners midfielder Kim Little while Chelsea’s Pernille Harder also features.

Manchester City pair Alex Greenwood and Lauren Hemp, who is also nominated for the PFA’s young player of the year award, complete this shortlist.

The winner will be revealed on 9 June.

The Women’s Super League’s top scorer Kerr netted 20 goals in 20 matches to help Emma Hayes’ Chelsea to a third consecutive league title.

The Australia forward, who scored the winning goal in this season’s FA Cup final, has already picked up an individual award this year, winning the Football Writers’ Association’s women’s footballer of the year.

Miedema was second in the WSL goalscoring charts with 14 goals to her name for second-placed Arsenal and also provided eight assists – double that of Kerr.

Meanwhile, Little, who has rejoined former club OL Reign on a short-term loan until the start of Arsenal’s WSL campaign, played in every league game for Jonas Eidevall’s side during the 2021-22 season, scoring six times.

Denmark forward Harder also scored six, which included a vital penalty against Birmingham to maintain Chelsea’s one-point advantage over Arsenal heading into the final two matches.

After a poor start to the season, Champions League qualification looked out of reach for City, but the likes of Greenwood and Hemp stepped up to deliver not only European football for next season but also Continental Cup success over Chelsea.

Greenwood filled in for injured captain Steph Houghton at centre-back this season and is the only defender on the list. The 28-year-old also added four goals and three assists to her record.

Hemp, 21, scored 10 goals for Gareth Taylor’s side in the WSL, and she is nominated for two PFA awards.

PFA Young Player Award

Lauren Hemp
Lauren Hemp scored 10 goals and assisted six in 22 appearances for Manchester City in the WSL this season

Hemp is joined in the six-player shortlist by Manchester United midfielder Ella Toone and Chelsea forward Lauren James.

Arsenal’s Frida Maanum, Tottenham striker Jessica Naz and Brighton’s Maya Le Tissier complete the nominees.

Toone scored seven goals and made eight assists, and has been selected, along with Hemp, for Sarina Wiegman’s provisional England squad for the European Championship this summer.

Chelsea defender James completes a family double with his nomination – as brother Reece is on the men’s young player shortlist.

However, she is a surprise contender having only made six appearances in the league for Hayes’ title-winning side.

Maanum slotted straight into the Arsenal midfield after joining from Linkopings FC last summer, missing just one league game and scoring three goals.

Both Tottenham and Brighton threatened to break into the WSL top three this season with Naz scoring twice and assisting three goals in Spurs’ bid, while defender Le Tissier played all 22 games for Brighton, keeping seven clean sheets which included a surprise 0-0 draw against Chelsea.

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