The most likely candidates for the award may both play for the champions-elect, with Phil Foden’s City colleague, Ruben Dias, receiving plaudits for his dominant performances at centre half. The defender has filled the void left by former captain Vincent Kompany, with Dias forming one of the best defensive partnerships in Europe this season, alongside John Stones. And, with City running away with the title, it may be difficult to overlook the Citizens for the individual awards across the board.
Foden has become a much more regular feature of City’s first team, as he has been deployed in several different positions. The 20-year-old has mostly found his success from the left wing, although he has also occupied the central areas, at times playing as a false nine.
His versatility has meant that Guardiola has put more faith in him, as he looks to build his team around the young midfielder. Only Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan have scored more for the club than Foden this campaign, with the youth graduate even outscoring the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne this season.