By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Joey Barton has revealed that he voted for Dele Alli to win the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
Barton, who has previously played in the Premier League with Manchester City, Newcastle and Queens Park Rangers, chose to announce his selection by uploading a picture of his voting slip onto Instagram.
He also revealed that he has backed Riyad Mahrez for the senior PFA Players’ Player of the Year gong.
Both Mahrez and Alli are likely to be popular picks when it comes to voting for this season’s awards in the wake of their outstanding seasons for Leicester and Tottenham respectively.
The two sides are battling it out to win the Premier League with just five points separating leaders Leicester from second-placed Tottenham.
Mahrez, who joined Leicester in January 2014 for a bargain fee of £500,000, has been an integral figure in the Foxes’ remarkable transformation from relegation candidates to Premier League title hopefuls.
The Algerian has scored 15 goals and weighed in with a further 11 assists in 29 Premier League appearances.
Alli is in contention to start in France for England at the European Championship after a brilliant debut campaign in the top flight following his switch from MK Dons last year.
He has been capped four times by England since bursting on to the Premier League scene.
Mahrez’s team-mate Jamie Vardy is the current bookmakers’ pick to win the Player of the Year crown, while Alli is the odds-on favourite to win the Young Player of the Year award ahead of team-mate Harry Kane and Everton star Romelu Lukaku.
PFA representatives will be making their way around the 92 league clubs in England during the next few weeks to deliver ballot forms.
Players are not allowed to vote for a club team-mate and must sign, fold and then give their individual envelope to a PFA representative who then seals the voting slip.