The Athletic held their third ‘End of Season Awards’ show, with Kevin De Bruyne and Sam Kerr named the Premier League and Women’s Super League’s Player of the Year respectively.
On receiving the award, De Bruyne told The Athletic: “It’s a pleasure to win these awards.
“To receive individual recognition at the end of a season means that we have achieved success as a team and this is what every player strives for.
“It’s been a long season but for it to end the way it did was a fantastic reward for all of us involved.
Wolves was particularly special because I was just trying to push the team on to the title so to lift the trophy at the weekend was the perfect end.
“Thank you to all the writers and editors who voted for me.”
Similarly, on the managerial level, Thomas Frank and Emma Hayes have been named the Coach of the Year for the Premier League and Women’s Super League respectively.
Frank has impressed during Brentford’s first season in the Premier League, as the west London club ended up 11 points clear of the relegation zone. Frank’s side collected more points (46) than the other promoted sides, Norwich and Watford, combined (45).
For Hayes, meanwhile, this is familiar territory after another impressive season at the helm at Chelsea. Hayes won her third consecutive WSL title, while also being named the FA WSL’s Manager of the Season for the third year in a row. This is also Hayes’ second consecutive time she has been named as winner of the The Athletic’s’ End of Season Awards’.
Elsewhere, Phil Foden was named the Premier League’s Young Player of the Year. Upon accepting the award, the Manchester City midfielder said: I want to say thank you to all the writers and editors who voted for me to win this award.
“Last weekend was an amazing way to end the season and I’m proud that my performances have played a small part in bringing the Premier League trophy back to our fans.
“It’s great to get praise from people who watch so much football throughout the season. Hopefully I can keep pushing on and be in the running for the senior award soon!”
Similarly, the WSL’s Young Player of the Year was also awarded to a Manchester City player as Lauren Kemp picked up the award. Hemp had a breakout season where she won the League Cup, scored a debut England goal, an England hat-trick and a second FA Cup final goal.
You can find the full list of winners below:
Women’s Young Player of the Year: Lauren Hemp (Man City)
Men’s Young Player of the Year: Phil Foden (Man City)
Premier League Coach of the Year: Thomas Frank (Brentford)
WSL Coach of the Year: Emma Hayes (Chelsea)
WSL Team of the Year: [4-3-3] Mary Earps (Manchester United); Jess Carter (Chelsea) Leah Williamson (Arsenal) Millie Bright (Chelsea) Alex Greenwood (MCFC); Ella Toone (Manchester United) Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea) Kim Little (Arsenal); Beth Mead (Arsenal) Sam Kerr (Chelsea) Lauren Hemp (Manchester City).
WSL Player of the Year: Sam Kerr (Chelsea)
EFL Young Player of the Year: Fabio Carvalho (Fulham)
Championship Player of the Season: Aleksander Mitrovic
Championship Team of the Year: [4-3-3] Lee Nicholls (Huddersfield Town); Djed
Djed Spence (Nottingham Forest), Tosin Adarabioyo (Fulham), Lloyd Kelly (Bournemouth), Antonee Robsinson (Fulham); Morgan Gibbs-White (Sheffield United), John Swift (Reading), Philip Billing (Bournemouth); Harry Wilson (Fulham), Alexander Mitrovic (Fulham), Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth).
La Liga Player of the Year: Benzema (Real Madrid)
La Liga Young Player of the Year: Gavi (Barcelona)
Serie A Player of the Year: Rafael Leao (Milan)
Serie A Young Player of the Year: Pierre Kalulu (Milan)
Bundesliga Player of the Year: Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig)
Bundesliga Young Player of the Year: Nico Schlotterbeck (Freiburg)
Premier League Team of the Year (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Rudiger, Cancelo; Rodri, De Bruyne, Rice; Salah, Mane, Son.
Goal of the Year: Mo Salah vs Man City
Underrated Player of the Year: Jarrod Bowen
Individual performance of the Year: De Bruyne vs Wolves
Premier League Player of the Year: De Bruyne