Erling Haaland overwhelmingly topped the prestigious poll of more than 800 FWA Members, garnering more than 80 per cent of all the votes cast, in the wake of what has been a sensational maiden campaign at the Etihad.
Haaland follows in the illustrious footsteps of Club colleague Ruben Dias who won the coveted prize in 2021 and former City star Raheem Sterling who took the award in 2019.
The Norwegian international also becomes only the fourth player to receive the FWA award in their first season playing in England, following Dias (2021), Gianfranco Zola (1997) and Jurgen Klinsmann (1995).
And, in gratefully accepting the award, Erling was typically quick to highlight and praise the major role played by his team-mates along with Pep and his coaching staff in helping him so seamlessly adapt to life at City.
“To win the Football Writers’ Award in my first season in English football is an honour,” Haaland said. “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. I am now focused on ensuring I finish the season as strongly as possible and helping City win trophies.”
It’s impossible to overstate the seismic impact made by Haaland since joining City from Borussia Dortmund last summer.
Erling Haaland has emerged as one of the central focal points of a supremely talented City squad that is seeking to claim a third successive Premier League title, is through to a historic all-Manchester FA Cup final and set to lock horns with Real Madrid in next Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg.
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Erling Haaland reflects on being awarded FWA Footballer of the Year ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/zYAkoprc1f
Along the way, Erling Haaland has cemented a special rapport with the Etihad fans while establishing a host of quite extraordinary goal-scoring records that have seen him constantly rewrite the history books.
To date, Erling has plundered a haul of 35 goals from 34 league appearances seeing him break the long-standing record of 34 previously held by Alan Shearer and Andrew Cole for most goals scored in a single Premier League campaign.
With 51 goals overall, Haaland has also broken the record for most strikes in one season in all competitions by a Premier League player, surpassing Mo Salah in 2017/18 and Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2002/03 who both claimed 44.