‘Generational talent’ Phil Foden wins Premier League Young Player of the Year award for second straight season as Man City ace beat starlets Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea


Manchester City’s Phil Foden has won the Premier League Young Player of the Year award for the second consecutive year, fending off competition from the league starlet host.

After an impressive summer with England at Euro 2020, the 21-year-old has blossomed even more this campaign, being a key part of the title race for Pep Guardiola’s side.

It’s easy to forget that Foden is only 21
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With nine goals and five assists in all competitions, Foden’s outstanding performances this campaign led to him being chosen as the most impressive youngster in the top flight for a year in a row.

“I’m very proud to have won this award for a second straight season,” Foden told mancity.com. “There are so many talented young players in the Premier League this season and it’s a real honor to win it again.

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

“To be nominated alongside so many great players is an honor as they have all had great seasons for their clubs. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to my development this season.

The City midfielder came up against Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has already won two trophies this season in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.

The right-back, who has two league goals and 12 assists this season, still has the chance to score two more in the Champions League and with City’s Premier League title race through to Sunday’s final .


Chelsea’s Mason Mount, West Ham’s Declan Rice, Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale and Bukayo Saka and finally, Crystal Palace pair Conor Gallagher and Tyrick Mitchell were the other youngsters beaten to the gong by Foden.

And while the Premier League has no shortage of talented young stars, it was Foden who has been touted as having the potential to be ‘the best English talent of his generation’.

That’s according to former team-mate, Man City legend Sergio Aguero, who sang the youngster’s praises after his Champions League semi-final performance against Real Madrid.

“Phil Foden is an incredible talent and his assist for Kevin De Bruyne was an example of what he can create out of nowhere,” Aguero said.

β€œHe could be the best English talent of his generation.

“He has so much quality and it’s easy to forget he’s only 21, with so much time to learn and improve.”

'Generational talent' Phil Foden wins Premier League Young Player of the Year award for second straight season as Man City ace beat starlets Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea
Aguero knew how much impact Foden could have on a game
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The Stockport-born star burst onto the scene in City’s first team four years ago, and earlier this season Jason Cundy and talkSPORT’s Tony Cascarino predicted this year was the year Foden would become the finished item.

“He’s on his way to becoming world-class,” said Sports Bar host and former Chelsea defender Cundy.

“He will be one of the best this country has ever produced,”

Cascarino echoed the thoughts of his co-hosts, saying, “Foden is the octopus, he’s got like eight legs and honestly his legs are everywhere. I’ve never seen anyone control the ball like him, move the ball.

“Everything is there for him to excel at City. He’s 21 now and I think he’s been a top player.

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