After scoring 15 goals and providing seven assists in the Premier League campaign, Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has been named as Player of the Season ahead of their clash against Aston Villa.
Manchester City midfielder does the Erling Haaland celebration after scoring hattrick in the Premier League. (Courtesy: Reuters)
- Manchester City are up against Aston Villa in their final game on Sunday
- City cannot afford to drop points in a neck-and-neck battle with Liverpool for the title
- City have an unbeaten run in the last five games
Manchester City attacking midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has been awarded the Premier League Player of the Season for the 2021/22 campaign. The Belgian won the award for the second time during his tenure in the Premier League, with the first being in the 2019/20 season where City lost the league to Liverpool.
In his 29 appearances in the Premier League this season, de Bruyne has scored 15 goals and provided seven assists, working as a key member of the City first XI. The Belgian, arguably one of the greatest midfielders of his generation might also win the Premier League title this season if Manchester City come out victorious against Aston Villa on Sunday, 22 May.
The 30-year-old saw off competition from City teammate Joao Cancelo, Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min and others.
“There is so much quality in the Premier League and it is a pleasure to be nominated with so many other great players who have had incredible seasons for their clubs,” De Bruyne said.
“I think my performances this season have been good and I am happy that I have been able to contribute with goals and assists throughout the season.”
Earlier on Saturday, teammate and midfielder Phil Foden was named the league’s best young player of the season for the second year in a row beating the likes of Bukayo Saka, Mason Mount and Declan Rice among others.
Manchester City will be up against Aston Villa on Sunday evening. The Pep Guardiola side are currently one point ahead of Liverpool going into the final game of the season and cannot afford to drop points if they wish to lift their sixth trophy in the history of the Premier League.