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Erling Braut Haaland wins FWA Footballer of the Year award

Manchester City forward Erling Braut Haaland has picked up the 2023 Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award.

Since joining Man City from Borussia Dortmund, the forward has been in scintillating form, netting 51 times in 47 matches across all competitions.

Haaland has also scored 35 league goals and recently broke the record held by Andrew Cole and Alan Shearer for the most strikes in a Premier League season.

The Norwegian has unsurprisingly been rewarded for a stellar campaign with his first individual award in England and he was pleased to have received the recognition.

“To win the Football Writers’ Award in my first season in English football is an honour,” Haaland told City’s official website.

“I try every single day to be the best I can be, and to be recognised like this means a lot to me.

“I have loved my time at City so far – my teammates are incredible, and they provide me with the chances to score goals. I want to thank all of them, because I could not have won this award without them.

“I also owe so much to Pep and the team behind the team here at City. Everybody has been so good to me since I joined and I have never worked with such top professionals.

“Thank you to everyone who voted for me. It’s a real honour to have won this award.”

With the reigning English champions still firmly in the hunt to secure a historic treble, Haaland wants to help his side claim as much silverware as possible this term.

“I am now focused on ensuring I finish the season as strongly as possible and helping City win trophies,” the 22-year-old added.

Despite having played one game fewer, City are currently one point clear of Arsenal at the top of the Premier League standings.

Pep Guardiola’s side are also through to the final of the FA Cup and can book their place in the Champions League final when they welcome Real Madrid to the Etihad Stadium next Wednesday.

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