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Belgium coach believes POTY Award should have went to De Bruyne

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez

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head coach Roberto Martinez expressed his surprise after Liverpool winger  crowned PFA player of the year beating Manchester City’s .

Mohamed Salah was awarded Player of the Year by the votes of all Premier League players on Sunday night April 22, after bagging 31 goals in the top flight to become the first to grab the title on his debut season.

Yet, it was surprising for Martinez, Everton’s former coach, that the Pharaoh won the award despite not winning any silverware with Liverpool this season, unlike De Bruyne.

“I was very surprised, I must admit,” the coach told talkSPORT after the ceremony. “Obviously Salah has done really well and it’s a record-breaking season for him.”

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“But what Kevin de Bruyne has achieved is more the effect that he has on the players around him,” he added. “His performances consistently for 16 months, not just over this season, have been very, very impressive.”

Salah is also three games away from ending the season with another award, the Golden Boot, as he is one goal away from becoming the best goal scorer in the history of the 38 games Premier League.

“I would go a bit further. We all know in football, individual awards exist. But they should be a consequence of what they achieve with a team or how they can help the team achieve things.”

It is worth mentioning that Belgium will be facing Egypt on June 6 in preparation for the World Cup.

In addition to being a hardcore football fan, Abdelrahman is a communications enthusiast who works in marketing, advertising, content creation and PR.

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