Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne is apparently doing a solid for a Tottenham Hotspur player. BT Sport’s Des Kelley posted on Twitter that City’s 26-year old midfielder has revealed for whom he’s voting in this year’s PFA Player of the Year awards. De Bruyne is casting his vote for Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah for Player of the Year, and Spurs’ Davinson Sanchez for Young Player of the Year.
Classy @DeBruyneKev reveals who he voted for as @PFA Player of the Year.— DES KELLY (@DesKellyBTS) April 3, 2018
It was @22mosalah !
And De Bruyne provided me with proof. His ballot paper is below.
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The PFA awards are voted on by current Premier League players and are awarded in the month of April. Usually they are preceded by a shortlist of candidates before the formal awards ceremony in London.
Sanchez has been a delight to watch this season as he’s slotted into Spurs’ defensive line in the wake of Toby Alderweireld’s hamstring injury. While he’s had a few bobbles here and there he’s put in some fantastic defensive performances as a young player and would be a worthy winner of the award. Sanchez will likely be going up against City’s Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Ederson, and Raheem Sterling
(so it’s curious that De Bruyne didn’t vote for any of his teammates!), Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, and possibly Watford’s Richarlison.
(Update: I completely forgot that you can’t vote for your own club teammate. Never mind!)
The Young Player of the Year award is for players age 23 or younger, and can be won multiple times. Dele Alli is the current two-time YPOY holder, and he’d be presumably up for the award again. Spurs players have won the YPOY award four out of the past five years: Dele took the award home in 2016 and 2017, Harry Kane in 2015, Garth Bale in 2013, and Kyle Walker in 2012.
So thanks, Kevin! Now, can we talk about how you seem to randomly capitalize the letter H in your handwriting?