Man City ace Foden sparks controversy, wins Premier League's Young Player of the Season award

With the 2021/22 Premier League campaign nearing its end, the time for its annual end-of-season awards has arrived.

The first accolade to be officially handed out is the Young Player of the Season prize, with that award going to none other than Manchester City star Phil Foden. For the second year running, the Three Lions sensation was named the English top-flight's best-performing player aged 23 or younger.

The gifted attacker has had several great moments this season, stealing the show for the Cityzens in their 2-2 draw at Anfield against Liverpool while enjoying a brilliant second-half cameo at home to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League. However, the decision to name him as this year's recipient has not gone down well with everyone.

Foden was nominated alongside Arsenal duo Bukayo Saka and Aaron Ramsdale, Liverpool superstar Trent Alexander-Arnold, Crystal Palace headline-grabbers Conor Gallagher and Tyrick Mitchell, Chelsea ace Mason Mount, and West Ham talent Declan Rice.

Not everyone believes that Phil was the worthy winner, with many pointing to the fact that both Saka and Trent were nominated for the Player of the Season award over Foden, thus hinting at a better season, yet missed out on the Young Player of the Season prize to Guardiola's diminutive ace.

Nonetheless, there is no time for the Etihad Stadium player to get carried away by his win or backlash as the Cityzens are preparing for a crucial fixture in the final round of the season.  The defending champions, who boast a mere one-point lead at the top of the table, will take on Aston Villa on Sunday knowing that a victory will secure them a fourth Premier League title in five years.

However, with second-placed Liverpool breathing down their necks, Guardiola knows that any slip-up from his team could result in the title heading to Merseyside. All 10 games will kick off simultaneously, meaning the final matchweek will be a nail-biter!

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