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Premier League 2023-24: Alternative Awards

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Mohammed Kudus has been a breath of fresh air for West Ham since joining last summer. The Ghanaian midfielder has seven Premier League goals and six assists going into the final game of the season.

As well as silky footwork and goal threat, the 23-year-old has introduced his own trademark celebration to the Premier League, where he sits on the advertising hoardings while his teammates mob him.

Kudus came unstuck with this celebration, however, when he tried to evolve it at St James’ Park in March. After scoring just before half-time, the midfielder ran up to a ball boy and asked to use his stool. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Newcastle ball boy refused to play along and Kudus had to settle for the hoardings.

Second place: Bukayo Saka copying James Maddison’s trademark darts celebration during a 2-2 draw in the London derby last September. Maddison, who got two assists that day, said after the match: “I got told he [Saka] did the darts celebration. He must’ve still been doing it when I turned him for the first goal.”

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