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Shaw wins writers’ Footballer of the Year award | Sports

LONDON, England (CMC):

Jamaican striker Khadijah ‘Bunny’ Shaw was yesterday named Football Writers’ Association (FWA) Footballer of the Year for the 2023-24 season in England.

Shaw, 27, is the Women’s Super League’s top scorer this season with 21 goals in 18 games, and has helped Manchester City move six points clear of last year’s champions Chelsea at the top. of the league standings.

“I feel very proud and privileged to have received this award and to be recognized in this way is a special honor,” she said on the FWA website.

“I also want to thank all my colleagues. “They give me the opportunity to score goals and I couldn’t have won this award without them.”

He added: “I also owe a lot to Gareth (Taylor, head coach), the rest of the coaching team and everyone else at City. It is a pleasure to be part of such a special group.

“Thank you very much to everyone who voted for me and my fellow nominees. It means a lot to have won this award. Hopefully, the team can now finish the season in style and give everyone a special reason to celebrate.”

It will be a bittersweet moment for Shaw because she has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a foot injury that required surgery last week.

She beat Chelsea’s Lauren James to win the writers’ award with 53 per cent of the vote, with Manchester City team-mates Alex Greenwood and Yui Hasegawa coming third and fourth respectively.

Shaw is only the second Manchester City player to win the award since its inception six years ago, following Nikita Parris in 2019.

Phil Foden, Shaw’s Manchester City colleague, won the men’s award, marking the second time in five years the club has achieved the double, with Raheem Sterling winning the men’s award alongside Parris five years ago.

Foden, 23, has scored 16 Premier League goals for the defending champions, two goals in the English FA Cup and five goals in the UEFA Champions League, and has contributed 10 assists in all competitions for the Man City.

He finished ahead of Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice and his Manchester City team-mate Rodri, second and third respectively.