PREMIER LEAGUE

Rashford, Greenwood, Pulisic lead Premier League Young Player of the Season nominations

Premier League Young Player of the Season 2020

The Premier League has released eight players nominated for Young Player of the Season award for the just-concluded 2019/20 season.

The eight nominees include four players from Manchester United, two from Chelsea, one from Liverpool, Aston Villa and Sheffield United.

Players nominated are: Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood (Manchester United/England), Anthony Martial (Manchester United/France), Dean Henderson (Sheffield United/Manchester United/England), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/USA), Mason Mount (Chelsea/England), Trent-Alexander Arnold (Liverpool/England) and Jack Grealish (Aston Villa/England).

Manchester United’s exciting front three scored 44 league goals between them during the 2019/20 campaign to help United to third place in the table and a spot in next season’s Champions League.

Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford scored 44 goals between them in the 2019/20 Premier League season (Photo Credit: Sky Sports)
Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford scored 44 goals between them in the 2019/20 Premier League season (Photo Credit: Sky Sports)

Both Rashford, 22 and Martial, 24 had personal-best seasons in front of goal, scoring 17 times each in the league to finish as United’s joint-top scorers, while Rashford was also the club’s joint-highest provider with seven assists.

In addition, Greenwood, 18 contributed 10 goals in 31 games during a breakout season for the 18-year-old.

Also nominated for the Young Player of the Season award is Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson, 23, who spent the 2019/20 campaign with Sheffield United.

Dean Henderson spent the previous two seasons at Sheffield United but could now challenge David de Gea at Old Trafford
Dean Henderson

The 23-year-old recorded 13 clean sheets – the third-highest in the league – in 36 games to help the Blades to a highly respectable ninth-place finish on their return to the top flight.

Henderson’s performances during the 2019/20 season were so impressive that he is set to earn a new long-term contract at Old Trafford, and could even challenge David de Gea for the No 1 spot at United next term.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is the sole Liverpool player to be nominated after they won their first Premier League title.

The 21-year-old right-back played in every one of Liverpool’s games on their march to the title, chipping in with four goals and 13 assists – second only to Kevin De Bruyne.

Chelsea duo Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic make the shortlist after helping the Blues to a top-four finish during their first seasons in the Premier League.

Christian Pulisic scored five of his nine league goals for Chelsea following the restart in June
Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount have scored 16 league goals for Chelsea last season (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Mount recorded seven goals and five assists – including one of each in the 2-0 win over Wolves that secured Champions League qualification on the final day – and played in all but one of Chelsea’s games.

Pulisic overcame a slow start to the season and a long-term injury to shine for Chelsea following his arrival from Borussia Dortmund, scoring nine goals to finish as the club’s second-highest scorer, as well as four assists.

The nominations for Young Player of the Season are rounded off by Jack Grealish, 24, who played a key role in keeping Aston Villa in the Premier League following promotion.

Jack Grealish

He topped the charts for both goals and assists at Villa during the 2019/20 campaign, with eight and six respectively, and scored in their final-day draw at West Ham that helped to secure their top-flight status.

The winners of the awards will be announced at 10am on Thursday, August 13.

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