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Roberto Martinez: 'Kevin De Bruyne should have beaten Mohamed Salah to awards'

Martinez: 'De Bruyne should have been POTY'
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Belgium boss Roberto ­Martinez believes that Kevin De Bruyne should have beaten Mohamed Salah to the Football Writers' Footballer of the Year and PFA Player of the Year awards.

Belgium boss Roberto ­Martinez has claimed that Kevin De Bruyne should have won the Football Writers' Footballer of the Year and PFA Player of the Year awards this season.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah won the aforementioned awards thanks to a superb debut season in which he netted 44 goals, including 32 in the Premier League to land the Golden Boot.

However, De Bruyne was instrumental as Manchester City broke multiple Premier League records en route to the title, which included breaking the 100-point barrier, as well as winning the EFL Cup.

"I was surprised De Bruyne didn't beat Salah to the Player of the Year," Martinez told The Mirror.

"Mo has had an incredible season, the best season in his career. But Kevin almost came into a new way of working with Pep ­Guardiola, who has a really strong connection with him, and he ­influenced a lot of things.

"This is a team that has broken all the records in the Premier League. Individual awards are given for ­individual performances, but those individual performances come as part of a team in what is a team sport and Kevin, in the early part of the season, was magnificent.

"I understand what Mo did, but, out of the two, Kevin probably had a bigger effect over the season."

De Bruyne is expected to be one of the first names considered by Martinez when naming Belgium's 23-man squad for this summer's World Cup finals in Russia.

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20Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9027614-82

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