Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been named and awarded the Premier League Player of the Season (POTS) title for the 2019/20 campaign.
De Bruyne was the only Manchester City player that was nominated for the prize after they easily abdicated their Premier League title to Liverpool following two seasons as champions.
De Bruyne, however, is the third Belgian over the past nine seasons to win the POTS award given to the Premier League’s top performer. Former Manchester City team-mate Vincent Kompany is another Belgian to win it in 2011/12 and Chelsea winger Eden Hazard in 2014/15.
He claims the prize thanks to votes from supporters on the EA SPORTS website, which were combined with those of the 20 club captains and a panel of football experts to decide the winner.
The Citizen’s playmaker beat Liverpool’s trio of Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold, Southampton striker Danny Ings, Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope and Leicester’s Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy to the award.
And even if City’s domestic campaign fell short of their previous lofty standards, De Bruyne enjoyed his most productive season since arriving at the Etihad in 2015.
As well as recording 20 assists – equalling the league record set by Thierry Henry in 2003 – he also scored 13 times to help City finish as the division’s highest scorers for the third successive season.
Premier League 2019/20 Player of the Season nominees
|Kevin De Bruyne||Manchester City|
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Alexander-Arnold was the only nominee also on the Player of the Year shortlist and once again was instrumental in Liverpool’s title-winning season, recording 13 assists – second only to Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne – as well as 14 clean sheets and four goals.