Chelsea and France midfielder NGolo Kant voted PFA player of the year

NGolo Kant beat Eden Hazard, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexis Snchez to take PFA player of the year award, while Dele Alli won young player prize

The Chelsea midfielder NGolo Kant has been voted the Professional Footballers Association player of the year for the 2016-17 season. The Frenchman is on course to win a second successive Premier League title after also being part of the Leicester side which upset the odds last season.

He saw off competition from his Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard who won the award in 2015 plus Tottenhams Harry Kane, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United and Arsenals Alexis Snchez.

Kant was presented with the award at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Sunday evening. The Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli won the young player prize for the second successive season, Manchester Citys Lucy Bronze won the womens player of the year award for the second time having also won it in 2014, and Birminghams Jess Carter topped the voting in the womens young player category.

David Beckham received the PFAs merit award for his contribution to the game.

Kant has played a key role in Chelseas surge to the top of the league this season and is renowned as a tireless box-to-box competitor who helps break up opposition attacks and initiate them for his own side. He will become the first player to achieve the distinction of winning successive Premier League titles with two different clubs if Chelsea can hold off Tottenham in this seasons championship race.

Antonio Conte joked after another commanding display by Kant in a win over West Ham last month that he is struggling to find a fault in his game. The Chelsea manager said: He made five mistakes. He has to improve in this. He has to improve. I am joking. But I have to find one situation to tell him to improve. Hes playing really well. He has great stamina, great quality and we are working to improve that quality. Im pleased for him.

Allis young player prize is some consolation for his controversial omission from the six-man shortlist for the senior award. The performances and goals of the England midfielder, 21, have again been critical to Spurs title push, and heading into the weekend he was the highest-scoring player in the league not recognised as a forward, with 16 goals.

England full-back Bronze won the womens player of the year award for the second time, after being part of the Manchester City squad which won the Womens Super League without losing a game in 2016.

Birmingham midfielder Carter saw off competition from three Manchester City players to win the womens young player.

Beckham, who won 115 England caps and starred at club level for Manchester United, followed his former team-mate Ryan Giggs in winning the merit prize. He also received the prize alongside his Class of 92 Manchester United team-mates in 2013.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/23/pfa-player-of-the-year-ngolo-kante

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