The importance of youth to the continuity of the tradition of a team or its success is crucial. That’s why La Masia, Barcelona’s academy which has produced many famous names, is legendary. That’s why teams have reserve teams and youth squads, to train and develop new talents for the future… and to make some huge profits too when the right buyer comes calling (hehe).
Not all of these players make it to stardom. While some fall by the wayside, some others shine bright like Rihanna’s diamonds. This season, their performance has not gone unnoticed. That’s why, of all the awards available, some of them have been nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
The six-man young players’ list released for this award includes three Manchester City players, with 22-year-old Germany international Sane nominated alongside England forward Raheem Sterling, 23, and Brazil goalkeeper Ederson Moraes, 24.
Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford, 20 makes the list too, alongside Tottenham’s Harry Kane, 24 and Fulham’s 17-year-old left-back, Ryan Sessegon. To be eligible to win Young Player of the Year, players have to be 23 or younger on July 1, 2017. Kane makes the cut-off date by 27 days after turning 24 on July 28.
To understand the varying chances of these nominees to win the award, let’s take a closer look at how each of these youngsters have performed this season.
Manchester City’s goalkeeper is enjoying his debut season in England. The stats are there to confirm that he is. He has helped Manchester City defense concede the least amount of goal so far this season. Asides keeping 14 clean sheets and having a pass accuracy of 84.75%, the Brazil international has solved Guardiola’s goalkeeping worries after his summer arrival from Benfica.
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No season has been more sterling for Raheem than this 2017/2018 season. Apart from winning the Carabao Cup and adding the PL title to it, the Englishman has found a way to make this football season his highest scoring one. And we’re not even done with the football season yet.
Harry Kane is also in the running to win the PFA Player of the Year award as he was nominated too. His goal-scoring abilities have been tested this season and he has passed with flying colors. The Englishman’s goal-scoring feat has made it normal to expect a 20-goal tally every season.
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For all the noise about Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva playing important roles in Pep Guardiola’s title-winning side, this German youngster pulled his own weight too along the way. His 9 goals, 12 assists and the way he provided width to the City team is what has helped him to make it into this list.
Despite not being a regular in Jose Mourinho’s set-up, the English youngster consistently found a way to show up whenever he was called upon. He has gotten 6 goals for himself so far this term, including his double against Liverpool.
It’s not every day that a player from the English Championship is ranked alongside the superstars playing in the Premier League. But the Fulham full-back, after his stellar performance, which includes scoring 14 goals for Fulham (that is an outrageous number for a player who is a defender!) in a football season that has not even ended.
Phew! All these players performed so well, it’s hard to call which one of them will win the award. But what do you think? Which player do you think will win the award? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.