Phil Foden named 2021/22 Premier League Young Player of the Season


Manchester City’s youngster Phil Foden has been named the youngest Premier League player of the season for the second consecutive season.

The England international has enjoyed a fantastic 2021/22 campaign at the Etihad, scoring nine goals and five assistants in the Premier League to help City close out another trophy.

Phil Foden has played a number of roles this season, playing all the way forward and back in the middle of the pitch, and his consistency has earned him an award-winning ahead of Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Conor Gallagher, Tyrick. Mitchell, Mason Mount, Aaron Ramsdale, Declan Rice, and Buka Saka – are seven other selected players.

“I am very proud to win this award for the second season in a row,” Phil Foden said of his win. “There are a lot of talented young players in the Premier League this season and it is an amazing privilege to win it again.

“I am happy with the way I have played this season and it has been good to contribute to this team which we hope will be another successful year for all of us.

“I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to my development this season.”

Speaking in early May, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praised Phil Foden’s ability to play a wide range of roles and spoke enthusiastically about how much he could improve – even mentioning his talent in the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva.

“For Phil, commitment is not a problem. From day one to big stages, big situations, and important games, it is not a problem (for him). He loves to play.

“He can play in all five positions up front: a player on both sides, a midfielder, and in the pocket as an attacking midfielder.

“At the tertiary institution when I first saw him at 16/17 when I came here, he played in a place like Kevin De Bruyne and wow, he played very well but all the actions are very fast.

“You remember David Silva, sometimes lowering the rhythm to increase the rhythm, (but Phil’s) kept it high.

“It’s good as he’s aggressive and we need it but sometimes you need a little bit, but that’s a question of time. He can’t do that no matter what, it’s just a question of time.”

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