Harry Maguire

Maguire Bags A Brace Of Awards At End Of Season Dinner

Leicester City defender Harry Maguire’s excellent debut campaign at the Club has been rewarded with the 2017/18 Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season awards.

- Harry Maguire wins Leicester City’s 2017/18 Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season awards at Tuesday’s End of Season Dinner
- England defender Maguire has been ever-present for the Foxes in the Premier League during his maiden campaign at the Club
- Tough-tackling midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is presented with the Club’s Young Player of the Season prize  
- Jamie Vardy receives the Goal of the Season award for his excellent strike at West Bromwich Albion in March
- City's 4-1 win over Southampton is acknowledged as the Club's Performance of the Season, decided by manager Claude Puel
- Hamza Choudhury wins the Development Squad Player of the Season while Conor Tee is named as City’s Academy Player of the Season

As another enjoyable Premier League campaign was celebrated at King Power Stadium on Tuesday night, in aid of the LCFC Foxes Foundation, Maguire received two of the seven prizes on offer.

The England centre back, 25, joined the Foxes from Hull City in the summer of 2017 and has been ever-present in the top flight for Claude Puel’s men this term.

As well as a succession of sterling defensive displays, Sheffield-born Maguire has also scored two league goals, including his memorable last-ditch strike during a 2-2 draw with Manchester United in December.

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While his peers in the City changing room voted for the Players’ Player of the Season prize, the Player of the Season award was decided by a healthy margin of votes from the Blue Army.

Nigeria midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, meanwhile, was the recipient of the Club’s Young Player of the Season award, decided online by City supporters over previous weeks.

Following a host of industrious displays at the heart of City’s midfield, Ndidi, 21, currently tops both the Club’s and the Premier League’s overall tackling charts, making a brilliant 138 interventions to date.

The Lagos-born middleman signed for Leicester City from Belgian outfit KRC Genk in January 2017 and has since established himself as a crucial member of the Foxes squad.

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Wilfred Ndidi
Wilfred Ndidi

Jamie Vardy, on the other hand, was presented with the Goal of the Season prize, voted for by Foxes fans, in acknowledgement of his first-time, left-footed volley during March’s 4-1 win over West Bromwich Albion.

The 31-year-old striker, an England international, latched onto Riyad Mahrez’s fine pass to cushion the ball beyond Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster from the edge of the area at The Hawthorns.

Elsewhere, City’s Performance of the Season, decided by manager Puel, was the superb 4-1 victory over Southampton at St Mary’s in December, when Shinji Okazaki (2), Mahrez and Andy King all found the net.

Following earlier successes against Tottenham Hotspur, Burnley and Newcastle United, a stellar display from Puel’s men on the south coast represented City’s fourth win in a row under the Frenchman.

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Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy

The two youth-based awards, Development Squad and Academy Player of the Season, were collected by midfielders Hamza Choudhury and Conor Tee.

Choudhury, 20, has excelled in his role as captain of the Club’s Development Squad, who currently sit second in Premier League 2 Division 1, before going on to make five appearances for the first team.

The Loughborough-based midfielder came off the bench during a 2-0 win over Liverpool in the Carabao Cup before subsequent cameo appearances against Tottenham and Newcastle in the Premier League.

In April, a full top-flight debut, against Burnley at Turf Moor, and another appearance at Crystal Palace, was his reward for a landmark season for the Under-23s as he continues to impress Foxes fans at every level this season.

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Hamza Choudhury
Hamza Choudhury

Seventeen-year-old Tee, on the other hand, has been instrumental for Trevor Peake’s Under-18s this term, to help the young Foxes rank fifth in the Premier League U18 South Division.

An attacking midfielder with a keen eye for goal, Tee also made his mark on the international stage in March, earning a Republic of Ireland Under-18s debut against Romania, netting his country’s first goal in a 2-1 win.

The award winners in full:

Player of the Season, sponsored by Unique Window Systems – Harry Maguire
Players’ Player of the Season, sponsored by Lanes Jewellers – Harry Maguire
Young Player of the Season, sponsored by Pro Action ID – Wilfred Ndidi
Goal of the Season, sponsored by The Energy Check – Jamie Vardy (West Brom)
Performance of the Season, sponsored by Arrow Precision – Southampton (A)
Development Squad Player of the Season, sponsored by OMM – Hamza Choudhury
Academy Player of the Season, sponsored by KSS Group – Conor Tee

Award ceremony sponsored by Cedar Packaging.

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