MX23RW : Saturday, August 18 11:51:49

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

Martinez: 'De Bruyne should have been POTY'
© Reuters
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.

Share this article now:
Manchester City's Vincent Kompany during the match against Brighton & Hove Albion on May 9, 2018
Read Next:
Kompany to have scan on groin issue
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Premier League
Championship
Scottish League Cup
La Liga
DFB-Pokal
Serie A
Ligue 1
League One
League Two
National League
Eredivisie
Primeira Liga
Belgian Pro League
Russian Premier League
Brasileiro
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
Welsh Premier League
NIFL Premiership
International Friendlies
Argentine Primera Division
Liga MX
Uruguayan Primera Division
Chinese Super League
Segunda Division
Ligue 2
Swedish Allsvenskan
Major League Soccer

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Tables

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account