The lists for both the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year have been announced today with the five names associated with the latter listed below…
Gareth Bale - Tottenham
Eden Hazard - Chelsea
Christian Benteke - Aston Villa
Romelu Lukaku - West Brom
Danny Welbeck - Manchester United
Jack Wilshere - Arsenal
There is little doubt that all six of the above all deserve nods at the award and highlighting six players 23-or-younger who may have felt aggrieved at being overlooked was always going to be difficult.
But these six may just be able to state that claim…
Andreas Weimann - Aston Villa
The Austrian forward may have been outshone by his Belgian counterpart but he has also been a beacon of light in a difficult season at Villa Park.
The talented 21-year-old has been linked with several top clubs since the turn of the year and would also have been worthy of a nod.
Ben Davies - Swansea City
With Neil Taylor out injured for the entire season with a horrific ankle dislocation Swansea had to look elsewhere for a left-back this season.
Youth product Davies has stepped in admirably at just 19-years-old and has also stepped in to do the role at international level for Wales.
Matija Nastasic - Manchester City
Signed from Fiorentina in the summer the young Serbian quickly pushed Kolo Toure and Joleon Lescott aside and became the clubs starting centre back alongside captain Vincent Kompany.
Perhaps the most surprising omission from the list considering his performances this season.
Morgan Schneiderlin - Southampton
The French midfielder has almost been the Michael Carrick of the young category this season going about his business in exquisite style for The Saints.
Nobody has been a better tackler then the 23-year-old this season and his performances have led the team to safety.
Oscar - Chelsea
Another surprising omission has to be Eden Hazard’s team-mate Oscar. The 21-year-old Brazilian formed part of the ‘Holy Trinity’ at the start of the season and has played an incredible 56 games for The Blues in all competitions this season.
Raheem Sterling - Liverpool
While his form may have dipped and therefore he faced a subsequent extended break from first-team action the teenager had a stunning start to the season and for his age perhaps should have been recognised as a nominee.
Who would you have picked for Young Player of the Year?
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