What happened to last 10 PFA Young Player of the Year winners after Foden wins

Manchester City’s 21-year-old midfielder Phil Foden became the latest winner of the Professional Footballers’ Association Young Player of the Year this season.

The Englishman, who is in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2020, lifted a third Premier League title and fourth Carabao Cup of his career.

In his fourth senior campaign under Pep Guardiola, the midfielder enjoyed his most prolific season with 16 goals and 10 assists across 50 games.

And that was enough to earn the accolade from his fellow footballers, beating Three Lions team-mates Bukayo Saka, Declan Rice, Mason Greenwood, Mason Mount and Trent Alexander-Arnold to the award.

With rules stating that players have to be 21 or under as of July 1 immediately preceding the start of the season, it makes Foden’s achievement at such a young age all the more impressive.

So Daily Star Sport has taken a look at what happened to the last 10 winners of the PFA Young Player of the Year to see what the future may hold for the City star…

Trent Alexander Arnold, 2019/20

The right back played a key role in Liverpool’s charge to the Premier League title last season, breaking his own assist record for a defender in the top flight.

But it has been a very different story this year, suffering an injury in November before receiving criticism for underwhelming performances defensively.

And it got worse in the week before the start of the Euro 2020 campaign, picking up a thigh injury against Austria and losing his place in the England squad to Brighton’s Ben White.

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Raheem Sterling, 2018/19

Foden’s City team-mate was already three seasons and 44 goals into his illustrious Etihad Stadium career when the accolade came along.

The England No.10 scored 25 goals in 51 games to help them beat his former side Liverpool to the title in the last week as well as clinching a domestic treble.

Sterling hit six more goals the following season but his biggest moment was a miss in the Champions League quarter-final against Lyon.

While speculation of a clash with Guardiola this season and the rise of Foden this year has seen speculation become rife the 26-year-old could leave for Real Madrid.

Leroy Sane, 2017/18

In a season where City won the Premier League title with a record-breaking 100 points, it was their German forward who scooped this award as Kevin de Buryne missed out on the senior honour to Mohamed Salah.

Having arrived the year before from Schalke, Sane hit 14 goals in 49 games to see off competition from Sterling and goalkeeper Ederson.

While he also hit more goals the following year, the 2019/20 campaign was disastrous as he picked up an ACL injury in the Community Shield game to make just two appearances.

The German had been talking to Bayern Munich, though, moving last summer to win Bundesliga, Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup honours.

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Dele Alli, 2015-17

Tottenham’s midfielder burst onto the scene following his arrival from MK Dons for £5m in the season where Leicester stole the headlines in their Premier League win.

With Spurs their nearest contenders, their new star scoring 10 goals and making 11 assists to lead the charge as well as win the PFA accolade, the highlight being a sensational goal against Crystal Palace.

When his goal count doubled the following season, he became the first player since Manchester United hero Wayne Rooney in 2006 to be Young Player of the Year for two consecutive seasons.

But Alli has struggled to hit the same heights due to inconsistent performances, a fallout with Jose Mourinho and a hamstring injury in the 2019/20 season.

While he was also crucial in England’s 2018 World Cup campaign to the semi-finals, he misses out on Euro 2020.

Harry Kane, 2014/15

Alli’s achievements saw him carry on Tottenham dominance of this honour started by his target man.

Having endured four loan spells, the now-Spurs and England captain scored 31 goals in 51 games to give City’s Sergio Aguero a run for his money in the Golden Boot race.

Kane has not looked back since to hit 221 goals in more than 300 appearances for the North London side.

Trophies, though, have been much harder to come by – which is why the 27-year-old has been linked with a mega-money exit from Tottenham.

Eden Hazard, 2013/14

When the Belgian forward arrived at Chelsea from Lille the previous season, he was already showing glimmers of his talent.

And he took centre-stage during the Blues’ title race under Mourinho, with Hazard scoring 17 goals and making 10 assists to keep up with Liverpool and City.

Hazard scored 78 more goals to win two Premier League titles, a Carabao Cup, FA Cup, second Europa League and the PFA Player of the Year twice up to 2019.

That year saw him make a £130m transfer to Real – where the forward’s career has taken a downward turn.

With 12 separate injury spells and just five goals, the 30-year-old has been slammed in the Spanish press for his performances and weight.

While he is set to lead Belgium in the Euro 2020 campaign, Hazard’s appearance in the McDonald’s adverts for the tournament have picked up some mocking.

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Gareth Bale, 2012/13

The Welshman was another player lured to the Bernabeu following a PFA title-winning season, moving for £85m from Tottenham.

It came after Bale had scored 26 goals in 44 games, qualifying for both awards due to the age limit being 23 at the time while becoming the first player since new team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo to also win Football Writer’s Association Footballer of the Year award too.

While he enjoyed a successful first season to clinch the Champions League, he struggled with manager Zinedine Zidane – despite lifting 12 major titles in Spain.

He appeared to rediscover his form back on loan at Spurs this season, though, with 16 goals to clinch Europa Conference League football on the last day of the season.

Set to captain Wales for Euro 2020, he is arguably the most successful British export in footballing history.

Kyle Walker, 2011/12

Tottenham’s knack of developing Young Players of the Year started nine years ago with the first full season of the Sheffield-born defender.

While it was a steady season for Spurs, the then-22-year-old only missed 176 minutes of Premier League football while he added two goals to the tally including a sensational free kick against Blackburn.

But the frustration of no trophies got to the right-back five years later, moving to City for 10 major trophies.

The England International, though, has not been able to avoid criticism from Roy Keane for errors in big games.

Jack Wilshere, 2010/11

At the age of just 18, the midfielder entered his first full season with Arsenal and smashed it out the park.

Wilshere provided nine assists while sitting in midfielder for the Gunners, making 49 appearances which included a Champions League masterclass against Barcelona in the round of 16.

Unfortunately, the Englishman was plagued with an ankle injury the following season.

While he was able to make 133 more appearances and score an amazing team goal against Norwich in 2014, his form dropped off and it lead to a West Ham move in 2018.

And further injuries meant he made just 19 appearances before being released in October last year, heading to Bournemouth only to now be a free agent.

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James Milner, 2009/10

The ageless Liverpool star for eight years before winning the Young Player of the Year at Aston Villa just over a decade ago.

At 23 years old when the season started, his shift to central midfield with Gareth Barry provided 16 assists and 12 goals in the club’s sixth-place finish.

It sparked a £26m bid from City as Milner became one of the most influential arrivals at the Etihad Stadium, helping them win two Premier League titles.

But he headed for Liverpool five years later, bringing that title-winning experience to clinch the Champions League and top-flight title.

With 775 club appearances to his name, the 35-year-old added 36 more last season and has not given any indication he will be retiring soon.

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