Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante is named player of the year by the Professional Footballers’ Association while Dele Alli receives the young player accolade and David Beckham’s career is acknowledged with the PFA Merit award. Lucy Bronze is named the women’s player of the year and Jess Carter gets the women’s young player of the year award while Kelly Smith receives the PFA Special Achievement Award.
LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (APRIL 23, 2017) (THE PFA) – Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante was named player of the year by the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) on Sunday (April 23), adding another chapter to the remarkable story of a player who was plying his trade in the French sixth tier a few seasons ago.
The 26-year-old France midfielder, who joined Chelsea from English champions Leicester City before the season started, is the fourth Frenchman to lift the award after Eric Cantona, David Ginola and twice winner Thierry Henry.
Kante fended off competition from Chelsea team mate Eden Hazard, Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane, Manchester United’s leading scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and Arsenal talisman Alexis Sanchez.
Chelsea are four points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the league with six games to play and face Arsenal in the FA Cup final after beating London rivals Spurs in the semi-final at Wembley on Saturday (April 22).
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli, 21, was named PFA Young Player of the Year for the second time in a row, with Spurs still hoping to win their first league title since 1961.
David Beckham was awarded the PFA Merit award while Lucy Bronze was named the women’s player of the year.
Birmingham City Ladies’ Jess Carter was named women’s young player of the year and Kelly Smith was given the PFA Special Achievement award.