Jeorge Bird reports that Bukayo Saka received the Premier League 2021/22 Academy Graduate award earlier this week.
Saka takes the prize following last year’s winner Mason Mount, and Marcus Rashford the year before that.
According to the Premier League, the accolade is awarded to individuals who excel in their on-pitch performance and who are also inspirational role models off the pitch for future generations.
The award is also limited to homegrown players aged 23 or under who have made the transition from the Academy level to the Premier League.
The Premier League haven’t yet confirmed that Saka is this year’s recipient of the award, but we’ll hopefully get the announcement shortly.
It’s a shame that Saka didn’t also pick up the Premier League’s Young Player of the Season award, with Phil Foden receiving that prize.
The decision didn’t seem to make much sense, with Saka also nominated for Player of the Season whilst Foden wasn’t.
But at least the league have given Saka some recognition for his current campaign. Ideally, this award will be followed by the Young Player of the Year award from the PFA.
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