Jamie Carragher is backing a defender to win the PFA Player of the Year for only the second time since the 2004/2005 campaign.
Since John Terry lifted the trophy aloft, only Virgil van Dijk has managed to prove himself as the best player across an entire Premier League season.
As Manchester City threaten to resume their status as the most dominant team in England, Carragher has backed summer signing Ruben Dias to gain the votes of the Professional Footballers' Association.
Dias, 23, joined City from Benfica for an initial £51m, and has gone on to win 13 of his 19 appearances, losing only once while keeping 12 clean sheets.
"Based on the criteria the award should go to someone who has had the single biggest impact on the destiny of the Premier League title," Carragher wrote in his Telegraph column.
"That makes Dias the current frontrunner. Should City win their third title of the Pep Guardiola era – and it is difficult to see who will stop them – it will be a triumph built upon their defence.
"They have only conceded once in the Premier League since December 15, and just 13 all season. Sometimes it is too simplistic to credit all this on one player, but – as Virgil van Dijk demonstrated when he arrived at Anfield – a top class centre-back is transformative.
"Good centre-backs can make everyone around them look better. Just as there was a period when it did not seem to matter who Jurgen Klopp played alongside Van Dijk, Guardiola now has the same luxury with Dias.”
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Guardiola said of the Portugal international when asked if he is now undroppable: “Yeah, absolutely.
“Absolutely. So far, how he’s settled immediately, in terms of mentality and he’s a guy who lives 24 hours for his profession.
“Every step he does, at home, on or off the pitch, eating, sleeping, recovering time, preparation time, everything is to be perfect during this 95-minute football game.
“That’s why. It depends on him to maintain and hopefully we can help him to grow. We are more than satisfied.”
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