A huge congratulations to Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, who has been named 2023 PFA Young Player of the Year.
After receiving a nomination for the fourth season in a row, Saka has won the award for the first time, seeing off fierce competition.
The England international edged out Manchester City’s Erling Haaland after a stellar campaign for the Gunners. Saka also beat Arsenal team-mate Gabriel Martinelli, Aston Villa’s Jacob Ramsey, Moises Caicedo and Evan Ferguson for the prize.
Saka was instrumental for Mikel Arteta’s men as they finished narrowly behind Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title. The 21-year-old scored a career-high 14 goals in the top flight along with 11 assists in his starring role in the final third.
He further enhanced his reputation internationally with three goals in England’s World Cup campaign.
Saka is the first Arsenal player to win the award since Leah Williamson in 2015, and since Jack Wilshere in 2011 for the men’s award.
He said: “It’s an unbelievable feeling. I’ve watched the Premier League since I knew I could. Seeing the players that have won the award in the past and the careers they’ve gone on to have, it’s a real honour to be a part of that list now. I’m so happy, and it’s an unbelievable trophy as well. Every time I look at it, I smile.
“The success is down to a lot of things. I’ve got to thank my coach and my teammates because football is a team sport. With their help, I was able to achieve what I achieved and, of course this trophy. Last year was a special year for us in terms of how we progressed, and individually as well, and hopefully now I can kick on.”
From all at the PFA, congratulations Bukayo!