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Rio Ferdinand reckons Erling Haaland and Bukayo Saka have already banked player of the season awards


Erling Haaland is enjoying a stunning first season with Manchester City (Picture: Getty Images)

Rio Ferdinand reckons Erling Haaland has already done enough to win the Premier League Player of the Season, while Bukayo Saka is also nailed on to claim the Young Player of the Season.

Both the Manchester City striker and the Arsenal forward have had superb campaigns so far, with Haaland bursting onto the Premier League scene in some style.

The Norwegian scored his 21st goal in just 15 Premier League appearances on Saturday as City drew 1-1 with Everton, taking his tally to 27 for the season in all competitions.

Saka also scored on Saturday, netting in Arsenal’s 4-2 win at Brighton, as he took his Premier League tally to six for the campaign and helped the Gunners to a seven-point lead at the top of the table.

Ferdinand has been thoroughly impressed with both young attackers, so much so that he doesn’t think anyone could beat them to winning the end of season awards, and there is a long way to go before they are dished out.

‘Saka is PL young player of the year already….hand it to him asap….and give Haaland the senior award too while ya at it!!’ Ferdinand tweeted.

Bukayo Saka has been a key part of Arsenal’s amazing campaign so far (Picture: Getty Images)

If Ferdinand is right about Haaland winning Player of the Season then he may well be wrong about Saka claiming the other award.

The prolific Norwegian is still only 22 and does not turn 23 until July, so will be eligible to win Young Player of the Season at the end of the current campaign.

The likes of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have won both awards in the same season in the past and Haaland could well join the exclusive club.


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