Man City's Phil Foden named Premier League Player of the Season

Phil Foden has been named the Premier League's Player of the Season, it was announced on Saturday after the 23-year-old had the best campaign of his career to help put Manchester City within reach of their fourth consecutive league title.

The England international has scored 17 goals and contributed eight assists in 34 league games this season playing centrally and in wide positions.

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Heading into the final day of the season, City are two points ahead of Arsenal and should Pep Guardiola's side lift the title, Foden will become the youngest player ever to have won six Premier League trophies.

"To win this award is an achievement that I am extremely proud of," Foden said in a statement. "The Premier League is acknowledged as the greatest league in the world, and it is a pleasure to have been nominated with so many other great players who have all enjoyed special seasons for their clubs.

"Overall, I've been very happy with the way I have played this season and really pleased that I have been able to contribute with the goals and assists throughout the season.

"I'd like to thank all of the City staff, coaches and especially my teammates because without them this wouldn't be possible. And I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted for me as the award means a lot."

Foden topped an eight-man shortlist which also included Erling Haaland, Alexander Isak, Martin Ødegaard, Cole Palmer, Declan Rice, Virgil van Dijk and Ollie Watkins.

City players have now won the award five years in a row as Foden joins Rúben Dias, Haaland and two-time winner Kevin De Bruyne in winning the prize.

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The last player not from City to win the award was Liverpool's Van Dijk in the 2018-19 season.

England international Foden also won the Football Writers' Association's player of the year award earlier this month.

Palmer was named as the Premier League's Young Player of the Season on Friday following an oustanding debut campaign with the west London club, having joined them from Man City on deadline day.

The 22-year-old has scored 22 times in the league so far and has 10 assists.

He saw off competition from Man City duo Foden and Haaland, Manchester United's Kobbie Mainoo, Arsenal's Bukayo Saka and William Saliba, as well as Tottenham's Destiny Udogie to win the award.