Bukayo Saka has won the London Football Awards’ Young Player of the Year award, fighting off strong competition for the accolade.

Arsenal's English striker Bukayo Saka celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England on January 26, 2021. (Photo by Frank Augstein / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s English striker Bukayo Saka celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, southern England on January 26, 2021. (Photo by Frank Augstein / POOL / AFP)

The London Football Awards announced their winners on Tuesday, with Bukayo Saka picking up their Young Player of the Year award.

Saka was nominated for the award alongside teammate Emile Smith Rowe, Chelsea stars Mason Mount and Reece James, and West Ham United’s Declan Rice.

Having won three of Arsenal’s Player of the Month awards this season and as the busiest teenager in Europe’s top-five leagues this campaign, it was no real surprise to see Saka among the top contenders for the individual accolade.

But it’s even better to see him fighting off such strong opposition to actually win the award. He certainly seemed pleased afterwards.

“Thanks for the support this season. I’m grateful and thankful to the London awards for awarding me Young Player of the year,” Saka wrote on Twitter.

Of course, Saka is unlikely to consider it a successful season if the team come up empty-handed, so all focus will now be on ensuring that doesn’t happen in the final weeks of the campaign – starting with Thursday’s Europa League semi-final.

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