Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney has been named as the English Football League Player of the Year at tonight’s London Football Awards.

The Whites skipper follows in the footsteps of former Fulham team-mate Moussa Dembele who also claimed the prodigious award in his final season at the Cottage. Cairney, who has flourished since being moved to a central midfield role by Slavisa Jokanovic this term, has scored seven times and made ten goals as Fulham make a late push for a place in the Championship play-offs.

Cairney, who was presented with his award at the Battersea Evolution centre by Fulham and England legend George Cohen, triumphed over a strong field that included his Fulham team-mate Sone Aluko, QPR goalkeeper Alex Smithies, the former Brentford striker Scott Hogan and Barnet forward John Akinde.