Tottenham midfielder and Liverpool target named in prestigious starlet award nominations

Tottenham Alex Pritchard

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Alex Pritchard, along with Derby County's Will Hughes and Leicester City's Liam Moore have been nominated for the Football League's young player of the year award.

The Football League's young player of the year award is presented to the best player in the Football League under the age of 21, or in the season in which he turns 21.

Previous winners of the award include the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Fabian Delph and even Real Madrid's £86m man Gareth Bale.

The list for this year's award include three of the highest-rated talents in the country and not just the Football League.

Will Hughes is a player well documented in the press and the creative ball-playing central midfielder has been a driving force of Derby County's promotion push this season. Still only 18 years of age, he is by far the youngest out of the three nominees and many will have him down as favourite to win the award when revealed in six days time.

He is a player that can play a wide variety of roles in the middle of the pitch, and can just be as effective playing in-front of the back four, than he can be playing behind the front two.

Liverpool, the player's boyhood club have thought to be leading the race for his signature and according to reports, the loan signing of Wisdom was part of the deal that allowed Liverpool to get first-option on his signature.

Another player that could quite easily claim the award is another England U21 international in Liam Moore. It was well reported Leicester fought hard with Fulham on deadline day to keep their young talent, and now it seems in the end their decision was justified.

The 21-year-old is oldest candidate in the mix, however, he has played a huge part of Leicester's title chase and with automatic promotion all but sewn up, they also look heavy favourites for the league title.

He is a strong, agile and ball-playing defender that has proven himself in a number of positions, including both full-back positions.

And finally, the real surprise entry of the nominations, Alex Pritchard. The Tottenham midfielder is currently on-loan to Swindon Town and has proved to be a hugely popular figure at the County Ground this season, notching up seven goals in all competitions.

The 20-year-old is the odd one out in a two different ways. The first is that he is the only one not currently playing in the Championship and two, he is the only one not to have been capped at England U21 level.

He faces stiff competition if he is to win the award, nevertheless, the nomination despite playing in League One speaks volumes. Especially when you consider Patrick Bamford wasn't nominated despite making the jump to the Championship in January.

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