Trent Alexander-Arnold has won the PFA Young Player of the Year award for the 19/20 season. He can now set his sights on making history.
There was no more deserving player than Alexander-Arnold for the YPOTY award after yet another record-breaking season with Liverpool.
The Scouser registered 13 assists from right-back last season. That is now the most ever by a defender in the Premier League, breaking the previous record of 12. Set by Alexander-Arnold the year before, of course.
But he’s broken it again in a season that saw Liverpool finally win the Premier League trophy. We imagine he’ll at least come close to breaking it again next season – he’s only going to get better, after all.
And on that, we believe Alexander-Arnold can aim at a history-making season after this award win.
The big one
No English player has won the PFA Player of the Year award since Wayne Rooney in 2010. No academy product has won it since Steven Gerrard in 2006 – every player since then has been signed from elsewhere.
But those aren’t the statistics that should really motivate Alexander-Arnold. Instead, he should focus on the fact that no full-back has ever won it.
If ever there were a full-back to change that, it’s Liverpool’s no.66. He’s the most productive full-back the Premier League has ever seen, after all – and he’s still only 21. That gives him at least another six or seven years before we can expect his prime.
So who knows how good he can become? His potential seems almost limitless at this stage. What we do know, however, is that if he can add goals to his game, he becomes a real contender for the award.
Alexander-Arnold is already developing into one of Liverpool’s most important players. Give it a few years and he may well be the most important outright. And with his knack for breaking records and winning trophies, there would be few who could stand in his way of yet more history.