Writers reveal votes as Raheem Sterling named FWA Footballer of the Year

Raheem Sterling has been named the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, a day after Virgil van Dijk won the PFA award.

The Manchester City man has 29 goals in all competitions so far this season. He’s also has received plenty of extra praise for his community work and outspoken criticism of the tabloid media’s targetting of black footballers.

Despite losing out to Van Dijk in the award voted for by fellow Premier League players, Sterling, who had the consolation of being named PFA Young Player of the Year, emphatically claimed the FWA award with 62 per cent of the 400-plus votes.

Only eight players actually received a vote, while Sterling finished ahead of the runner-up Van Dijk by over 100. Sergio Aguero – who scored his 20th league goal of the season as City beat Burnley 1-0 – finished third.

Their City team-mates David Silva and Bernardo Silva were also voted for, as were Harry Kane, Eden Hazard and Alexandre Lacazette.

Last year’s winner, Mohamed Salah, didn’t receive a single vote, even though he currently tops the Premier League’s top scorers list with 21 goals.

The votes haven’t been made public, but some writers have revealed how they voted:

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