One of the most prestigious English Football awards happened on Thursday night. It was none other than the London Football awards which recognise the best in London.
N’Golo Kante and Antonio Conte were named Premier League Player of the Year and London Manager of the Year respectively as Chelsea’s spectacular resurgence this season was recognised.
Kante was rewarded for his remarkable consistency for Leicester City and Chelsea by winning the Player of the Year gong ahead of teammate Diego Costa, as well as Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez and Tottenham pair Danny Rose and Dele Alli, who was instead named London Young Player of the Year.
Meanwhile, the Italian, whose Chelsea side enjoy a 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League, saw off competition from Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, Millwall boss Neil Harris, Fulham’s Slavisa Jokanovic and Neal Ardley of AFC Wimbledon to claim the award in his first season in England.
Frank Lampard was also recognised for his services to football in London. Lampard, who won three Premier League titles and one Champions League crown during his 13 years at Stamford Bridge, picked up the prize for his outstanding contribution to Chelsea.
Dele Alli picked up the award for the capital’s young player of the year. The former MK Dons player has developed tremendously over the last season and a half and is one of the first names on Pochettino’s teamsheet.
Alli has formed a strong understanding with fellow midfielders Christian Eriksen and Eric Dier as well as striker Harry Kane.
Tottenham Hotspurs Hugo Lloris won the goalkeeper of the year award. The France international has become a permanent fixture in the Spurs team and he was awarded his prize ahead of Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois and West Ham’s Darren Randolph among others.