April 21 – Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah has been named England’s Player of the Year by the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) – the first player from his country to receive the annual award.
Salah has scored a remarkable 41 goals in all competitions since joining from AS Roma last year including a record-equalling 31 in 33 league games, helping Liverpool reach the Champions League semi-finals and secure a likely top-four finish in the Premier League.
The 25-year-old, who never made it at Chelsea and was released, came out on top of a six-man shortlist, voted for by players from England’s 92 professional clubs across all four divisions.
He beat Kevin de Bruyne, Harry Kane, Leroy Sane, David Silva and David de Gea in the vote by his fellow players. Manchester City’s Leroy Sane won the Young Player of the Year award
“It’s an honour and especially as it’s voted by the players. I am happy and proud,” Salah said. “I didn’t have my chance at Chelsea. It was clear I would return and show everyone my football. I think I left and came back a different person, man and player.”
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