In a season where the Premier League has seen the rise of some of the best young talent in recent memory, the PFA have revealed the nominees for this years Young Player of the Year award.
The award is given to players who are aged 23 or under at the start of the season, meaning players who turn 24 during the campaign are still eligible.
According to reports, the nominations have been revealed and there are a few questionable inclusions.
Marcus Rashford, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mason Mount, James Maddison, Jack Grealish and Tammy Abraham are the names reportedly up for the award, with the Liverpool full-back the stand-out favourite.
Eyebrows have been raised over the exclusion of a few names, including Bukayo Saka, Anthony Martial, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Adama Traore.
The Arsenal winger has arguably been their stand-out player this season, with double digit assists in all competitions during his first full season in the first-team. Anthony Martial has scored 17 Premier League goals, the same amount as Marcus Rashford in the same team, while Adama Traore has been a key figure in Wolves’ bid for Champions League football.
While the six nominated players have all had stellar campaigns too, it seems a bit too coincidental that all are English. Tammy Abraham certainly started the season brilliantly, but he fizzled out as the season progressed and has since seen himself displaced as the first choice striker at Chelsea by Olivier Giroud.
Jack Grealish, while he’s been good himself, is about to be relegated from the league and James Maddison has definitely suffered from ‘second-season syndrome’ this year. Despite Leicester’s good season, Maddison certainly hasn’t been among the better players in the side this year, with Harvey Barnes arguably a better option for this award than him.
In reality though, it doesn’t matter who’s up for this award as there is only one real candidate to win it. In a season where Liverpool dominated the opposition and won the league at a canter, Trent Alexander-Arnold has picked up 12 assists in the league, scored 3 goals and been the main creative hub in the side.
It should be a clean sweep for Liverpool this season with the league title, a Player of the Year award for Sadio Mane and a Young Player of the Year award for Trent Alexander-Arnold.