Five leftfield candidates for PFA Young Player of the Year

Kyle Walker

Should these Tottenham, Wigan Athletic, Newcastle United, Swansea City and Aston Villa players be mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Rafael, Oscar and Wilshere in the running for the prize?

If you believe the bookies the title for best young player is potentially going to form a double whammy for Gareth Bale. However there is also a lot of talk suggesting Jack Wilshere, Christian Benteke, Rafael, Oscar and even Theo Walcott could scoop up the award.

So who is being unfairly overlooked in the contest to replace last year's winner Kyle Walker (pictured)?

We take a look at five potential candidates.

Andreas Weimann

Other than Benteke the Austrian has been Paul Lambert’s main goal threat this season. His goal last weekend against Arsenal seemed to finally earn him some of the plaudits he has not been getting due mainly to Villa’s poor season.

In a season of gloom there is little doubt the spiky forward has been one of the clubs shining lights.

They will hope to tie him down to a new contract in the near future.

Ben Davies

Would never have got a look in if it was not for the injury suffered by Neil Taylor at the start of the season but since then he has taken his opportunity with two hands.

His marauding displays down the left hand side have become a staple of Laudrup’s style of play and played a large part in their lofty league position and League Cup triumph.

Davide Santon

While Newcastle United’s form may have dipped this season Santon has been one of their more consistent performers.

His strong displays at left-back have even earned the 22-year-old a recall to the Italian national team and new admirers back in his homeland such as AC Milan.

Steven Caulker

Following on from an excellent season on loan at Swansea last season the 21-year-old has started to cement his place as a first-team regular at Spurs.

Villas Boas is clearly a fan of the dynamic and athletic style of defending that Caulker brings and next season he may very well be a more regular choice at the heart of Tottenham’s defence.

James McCarthy

He seems to get better season after season and it would be a real surprise if the Irish international was still at Wigan come the end of the season.

His excellent strength and distribution from the heart of midfield will be needed in The Latics battle for survival.

Should any of these players be considered for PFA Young Player of the Year?

images: © Ronnie Macdonald

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