Four-time league-winning coach Gavin Hunt has discussed his early candidates for the PSL player of the season, snubbing all Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates players.
Though there are still a number of matches still to play this season, several names have popped up into the discussion for the coveted Absa Premiership Footballer of the Season award.
Check out the gallery above to see Gavin Hunt's list of candidates for the FOTS...
Talks may have begun prematurely, but this is understandable given the situation at present which sees all football action on hold amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
With no date projected for Absa Premiership and Nedbank Cup action to resume just yet, the conversation around the top gong at the end-of-season awards has taken flight.
For Hunt, though initially reluctant, Mamelodi Sundowns duo Hlompho Kekana and Gaston Sirino sprung to mind as influential players this season, before considering Lebogang Manyama, Leonardo Castro, Samir Nurkovic and Willard Katsande at log leaders Kaizer Chiefs.
“Do I have a favourite for player of the year? No, not at all. If I’m really… you know, he should have won player of the year five times – Hlompho Kekana, he’s good man! He’s the glue there [at Sundowns],” Hunt tells KickOff.com.
“He’s been really good, and who else? [Gaston] Sirino. But I mean, Sirino should have been suspended in August, so… and he keeps winning games [for Sundowns]. We push the referee, next week [sanctions are handed down to players] – out for four weeks.
“But with Chiefs [being on top of the log], it’s difficult to say. Manyama’s the one [candidate], and their two strikers [Castro and Nurkovic] have just been strong.
“Katsande has had a few boo-boos here and there but he’s still good, he does well for them. Who else? The two centre-backs, Erick Mathoho and [Daniel Cardoso]…
“It’s going to be difficult hey. [The current break] will make it difficult. Some players are going to look different when we come back.
“Players are training for 30-40 minutes in the morning and then they lie on their couch and chow, that’s what it is [during times like these].”