Date: 20th May 2016 at 3:46pm
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Player of the Season: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)

This was not as easy of a selection as it seems, with Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante deserving recognition for their stellar seasons with Leicester City and they undoubtedly ran the Algerian close. However Mahrez had to take the award for the sheer number of special moments he has given us this season.

Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Mahrez bagged 17 goals and 11 assists for Leicester City in the Premier League this season – Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Whether it be his goals against Manchester City and Chelsea, or the pass for Vardy’s volley against Liverpool, Mahrez has been central to everything great about Leicester going forward this season.

He finished the season with 17 goals and 11 assists, demonstrating just how valuable he is to that side, with four more goals than the next highest scoring midfielder (Alexis Sanchez) and joint fifth place in the assists standings.

Manager of the Season: Claudio Ranieri (Leicester City)

Now there was only one choice here really wasn’t there? But that’s not to say there weren’t other managers who have stood out this season. Ronald Koeman at Southampton, Eddie Howe at AFC Bournemouth and Sam Allardyce at Sunderland have all had excellent seasons to get their clubs to where they did.

Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Ranieri guided the Foxes to a fairytale Premier League title in his first year in charge at the King Power Stadium – Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

However, Ranieri has pulled off the impossible dream; many doubted his appointment last summer and predicted relegation, but now he has his own place in Premier League history that will never be forgotten.

He’s brought new life into the Premier League and shown teams that the big clubs can be beaten over a season and they have played some brilliant football to do it too.

Goal of the Season: Dele Alli (Crystal Palace vs TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR)

As usual, there have been some absolutely incredible goals this season in the Premier League, but for me, just edging out Matt Ritchie’s volley and Vardy’s long-range strike, is Alli’s goal against Crystal Palace. This effort was full of everything that has epitomised what Alli has brought to the league this season at the tender age of just 20.

Spurs star Alli is set to feature for England at the EURO 2016 finals in France this summer.

He’s played without fear, with skill and an eye for goal and this goal encapsulates that, with the two sensational touches to flick it in front of him before the low volley into the bottom corner.

The goal is just reward for the season he’s had that’s taken him from a relative unknown, to perhaps someone who could star for England at EURO 2016 this summer.

 
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