Mohamed Salah Wins 2018 PFA Player of the Year Award over Kevin De Bruyne, MoreApril 22, 2018
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has been named the 2017-18 PFA Player of the Year after a stunning campaign.
Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne finished second, and Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane came third. The result was confirmed via the PFA on Sunday:
Salah is in his first season at Anfield but has enjoyed a prolific campaign and has scored a record-equalling 31 goals:
The Egypt international has helped Liverpool into third place in the table and tormented defenders with his pace, skill on the ball and finishing ability.
It's been an incredible season for the 25-year-old, who joined Liverpool from AS Roma in a deal worth an initial £36.9 million, per Mark Dobson at the Guardian.
The forward has prior Premier League experience after signing for Chelsea in January 2014. However, he had few chances to shine at Stamford Bridge and was sent out on loan to Fiorentina and then Roma before sealing a permanent move to the Serie A side.
Salah has proved to be an inspired signing who has surpassed expectations. The fact he leads Lionel Messi in the race for Europe's Golden Shoe is reason enough for him to scoop the prize, according to Nick Harris at Sporting Intelligence:
Match of the Day showed Salah receiving his award to loud cheers:
The Egyptian is a likable player and seems to be a popular winner over De Bruyne even though the midfielder helped Manchester City to the Premier League title.
Miguel Delaney at The Independent explained why he felt the Belgium international should have scooped the prize:
Salah has managed to outshine even De Bruyne, and his consistency throughout the campaign is another reason why he may have pipped the Manchester City man to the top prize.
Football writer Simon Clancy offered a neat analysis of why Salah beat the Belgian to top spot:
Simon Clancy @SiClancy
Kevin De Bruyne has been absolutely sensational this season. A true joy to watch. But hard to argue against the ridiculousness of Mo Salah’s incredible season. Involved in a goal every 66 minutes, you absolutely expect him to score every time he touches it. Remarkable footballers
Reds manager Jurgen Klopp said the award was an "unbelievable honour," per Liverpool's Twitter account:
Liverpool FC @LFC
"I think this award, you are voted for from all the other players in all the leagues in England, is an unbelievable honour so you can be really proud and your family can be really proud." 👏 Klopp has commended Salah’s @PFA achievement: https://t.co/ojyZmpwyvU https://t.co/d8SBC8Plir
Salah discussed how he felt about receiving the honour, per the PFA:
It's richly deserved recognition for Salah, who has taken the Premier League by storm and hit incredible goalscoring heights that no one expected when he signed last summer.
The Egyptian will now return to Liverpool and begin preparations for Tuesday's UEFA Champions League semi-final clash against former side Roma.