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.
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.
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.
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.
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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