After a remarkable first season with Manchester City, Erling Haaland has been voted English Football Writers Association Footballer of the Year.
The Norwegian striker has a stunning 51 goals in 47 games in all competitions, putting City on the verge of becoming the first team to win the Premier League, Champions League, and FA Cup in the same season since rivals Manchester United in 1999.
Haaland received 82% of the voting, making him the third Manchester City player in the last five seasons to win the accolade, following Raheem Sterling in 2018-19 and Ruben Dias in 2020-21.
Chelsea star Sam Kerr won the FWA Women’s Footballer of the Year award after yet another superb season for the Blues, with the scoring a stunning 27 goals this campaign.
Kerr wins the award for the second time in succession, following in the footsteps of her Chelsea teammate Fran Kirby, who also won it twice in 2017-18 and 2020-21.
“The two winners, Erling Haaland and Sam Kerr, are two outstanding winners. It’s incredibly well deserved,” said FWA chairman John Cross.
“Erling Haaland, breaking all records before him. I cannot think of a more resounding and deserving winner.
“The vote was huge, the turnout, and he took 82 percent of the vote. Bukayo Saka was second, but to be honest, Haaland was streets ahead.
“His achievements and goals in the last few weeks have taken him to a whole new level.
“I never thought Clive Allen’s record for Spurs of 49 goals in all comps in 1986-87 season would be beaten, but Haaland has been fantastic. He’s absolutely blown everyone away, with Man City still chasing their treble of course.
“What a year it’s been for him and for City as well.”
Haaland has already set the record for the most goals in a Premier League season, scoring 35 times in 32 games.