Kevin De Bruyne pips Mohamed Salah to win Premier League Player of the Year award
Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been voted the Premier League’s Player of the Season.
De Bruyne has enjoyed his most productive Premier League campaign, scoring 15 goals and providing seven assists.
The Belgian previously won the accolade in 2020, while Mohamad Salah claimed it in 2018. It is the third successive season that a City player has received the prize after defender Ruben Dias claimed the award 12 months ago.
Mohamed Salah and Heung-Min Son were on the eight-man shortlist with both players still in contention for the Golden Boot, with the Liverpool forward one goal ahead of Tottenham’s South Korean.
Full-backs Joao Cancelo and Trent Alexander-Arnold also represented the title-tussling titans, with Jarrod Bowen, Bukayo Saka and James Ward-Prowse completing the star-studded list of nominees.
The winner was based on votes from the public on the Premier League website, combined with those of the 20 Premier League club captains and a panel of football experts.
De Bruyne’s four-goal haul to overwhelm Wolves earlier this month might have swung the balance in his favour. The expected-goals total for City’s seven shots in the first half at Molineux was just 0.52 – in other words, attempts from those positions would usually yield one goal every other game. De Bruyne scored three inside 24 minutes.