If there is no surprise that the majority of Premier League players have picked N'Golo Kante as their first choice for player of the year, there is one surprise from his sensational debut season at Chelsea: he was not Antonio Conte's first choice for central midfield.
The midfielder is on course to win the Premier League with Chelsea, having done so last season at Leicester, and added: "My first two seasons were very handsome".
He beat out his teammate Eden Hazard, victor of the 2014-15 award, Man United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Tottenham's Harry Kane, Everton's Romelu Lukaku and Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez.
The ceremony at London's Grosvenor Hotel is also expected to feature tributes to former England defender Ugo Ehiogu, who died earlier this week aged 44.
But Kante thrived as Conte switched to a 3-4-3 formation and Chelsea won 13 successive Premier League games. And also I think these two seasons, his award. that will bring a lot of confidence in himself.
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli took the Young Player of the Year award for the second successive year.
"And I hope he continues to get better week after week because, as an England fan, I want to see these players perform the way that he is performing".
The 72 - interceptions, joint seventh most in the league and highest of any Chelsea player.
Southampton manager Claude Puel has claimed that Oriol Romeu is "not far off" the quality of newly-crowned PFA player of the year N'Golo Kante. "It's working very well this season", he told the PFA.
Of course, the Blues have yet to wrap up their league campaign and will also compete for the FA Cup in the final against Arsenal on May 27.
The England worldwide has become more involved in Spurs' attacking play, scoring 20 goals and supplying 11 assists in 44 appearances. Kante, 26, won the award after being on the shortlist of six. He also received the prize alongside his "Class of 92" United team-mates in 2013.
Chelsea and Tottenham stars dominated the PFA Team of the Year and a player from each side picked up an individual gong too. "Our target. We were very pleased to reach this target in our transfer market", He continued.