Man City star Foden wins Premier League young player of the season for second year running

Date published: Saturday 21st May 2022 1:00 - News Desk

Manchester City star Phil Foden

Manchester City star Phil Foden has won the Premier League young player of the season award for the second successive year.

Foden, 21, has played a starring role again for Man City in their bid to win back-to-back Premier League titles, with nine goals and five assists.

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That tally matches his figures from last season and he could improve on them against Aston Villa in City’s final game on Sunday.

Foden told City’s official website: “I’m very proud to have won this award for a second season in a row.

“There are so many talented young players in the Premier League this season and it’s a real honour to win it again.

“I have been really happy with my performances this season and it has been great to contribute to this team in what will hopefully be another successful year for us all.”

In the fans’ vote, Foden came out on top ahead of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mason Mount, Aaron Ramsdale, Declan Rice, Bukayo Saka, Conor Gallagher and Tyrick Mitchell.

Meanwhile, City manager Pep Guardiola has namechecked four Aston Villa stars ahead of their crunch final day clash that could decide the Premier League title.

The City manager said: “I said to the players it’s just a football game, focus on the football game, don’t think of the consequences, of how happy we will be if we win or how sad we will be if we lose, forget about it.

“It’s just a football game, just think about what you have to do to win against Aston Villa. If you think about it being one more title or one less title – yes this kind of thing is important, everyone knows it – but it’s a football game.

“Do they play with (Ollie) Watkins or (Danny) Ings and Watkins? Does Douglas Luiz play as a holding midfielder or in a three? Will (John) McGinn move outside or not?

“This is what we have to handle tomorrow, these kind of things are what we have to think about if we want to win the game.”

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