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Foden wins Premier League award to complete Man City clean sweep

Phil Foden has capped off a fine season for Manchester City by scooping the Premier League Young Player of the Season award.

Foden, who has just turned 21, stepped up to end the campaign as first choice under Pep Guardiola with some fine performances in the Premier League and Champions League.

The midfielder or winger ended the season with 16 goals and 10 assists in all competitions and produced some memorable performances in City’s march to the title – notably in the win at Chelsea, his match-winning contribution at home to Brighton, and the sensational individual display at then-defending champions Liverpool.

With nine goals and five assists in the league, Foden was involved in more goals than any player aged 21 or under during the campaign, and he deservedly beat off competition from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Illan Meslier, Mason Mount, Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka to win the Young Player of the Year, and he joins Ruben Dias in winning the Player of the Year accolade.

And City completed a clean sweep of Premier League awards, with Pep Guardiola named Manager of the Year for guiding City to his third Premier League title.

Guardiola was named best manager ahead of Leeds’ Marcelo Bielsa, David Moyes of West Ham, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers and Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Dias has already won Football Writers Footballer of the Year, and is favourite to win PFA Player of the Year in Sunday’s awards. City teammates Foden, Ilkay Gudogan and Kevin De Bruyne are also on the six-man shortlist for that award, while Foden could secure a double Young Player of the Year win by picking up the PFA award in that category.

City also dominated the PFA Team of the Year, with six of the 11 places going to members of the title-winning squad.