After a phenomenal individual season from Kevin De Bruyne, he has now been crowned as the Premier League Player of the season. Despite Manchester City’s failure to defend their title, De Bruyne was excellent throughout the season. He scored 13 goals while also providing 20 assists equalling Thierry Henry’s record in the process.
Alongside Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son, he was one of only two players into double digits for both goals and assists during the last Premier League campaign. He equalled his personal best for most goals scored in a season as he recorded his 16th in all competitions yesterday. Unfortunately, it could not save his side from defeat as they crashed out of their third quarterfinal in a row. That means they finish the season with only the Carabao Cup to show.
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand who was one of many to cast his vote for De Bruyne believes the Belgian is now one of the best players in the world. While speaking to EA Sports; who are the sponsors of the award, on their website, Ferdinand said:
“Without a doubt, he’s been the standout player this season, and he’s one of best players in world football. He sees passes that nobody else can and then delivers them week-in, week-out, as well as scoring some sensational goals. It’s a privilege to watch him in the Premier League.”
When the Premier League released its shortlists for the award last week, the Belgian was to go up against Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sadio Mane, Danny Ings, Jamie Vardy, Nick Pope and Jordan Henderson for the prize. De Bruyne was the only Manchester City player to be nominated for the prize after they relinquished their Premier League title to Liverpool following two seasons as champions.
In the other categories, Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold was named Young Player of the Season on Friday, with Jurgen Klopp picking up the managerial award on Saturday. Son Heung-Min won Goal of the Season for his solo strike during Tottenham’s 5-0 win against Burnley in December.