Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been crowned Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year.
The 26-year-old beat Blues team-mate – and 2015’s winner – Eden Hazard to the prize, along with Tottenham striker Harry Kane, Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal, Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Premier League top scorer Romelu Lukaku of Everton.
Kante’s latest honour comes with the France international on course to win back-to-back Premier League titles, having starred for Leicester City in last season’s against-the-odds triumph. He will become the first player to achieve such a feat since the rebranding of England’s top flight in 1992.
Chelsea’s summer signing – a renowned as a tireless box-to-box competitor who helps break up opposition attacks and initiate them for his own side – was presented with the award at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Sunday evening.
Dele Alli wins PFA Young Player of the Year 2017! No real surprises there. Alli has scored 16 league goals and provided five assists this season – numbers usually produced by players hitting their mid-20s. Just 20 years of age, the Spurs man is well ahead of schedule in his development.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) 23 April 2017