Three youngsters snubbed for Golden Boy award - Everton, Chelsea & Saints stars feature

Ross Barkley

Premier League players made up one quarter of the list of 40 nominees, but there are some youngsters that might have fancied their own chances of being selected.

A whole clutch of young Premier League stars were nominated for this year's Golden Boy award, with Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham particularly well represented.

The short list for the award is selected as a result of sports journalists' votes for the best players under the age of 21 currently playing top flight football. Raheem Sterling, Adnan Januazaj, Luke Shaw and Eric Dier are just some selected from the Premier League, and a comprehensive list can be found here.

But aside from the ten nominations, there will be at least a couple of Premier League players that will look at those that made the cut and wonder, 'why aren't I there?'

Below we list three of them:

Ross Barkley - Arguably one of England's most promising players and yet missing from the list despite being Everton's crown jewel. Surprising that teammate John Stones made the cut despite having made much fewer appearances for the Toffees than Barkley, and the fact he has been linked with big money moves to Chelsea and Manchester City indicate that the 20-year-old is sure to become a star, sooner rather than later if he can build on last season's encouraging performances.

James Ward-Prowse - The 19-year-old has been an important part of Southampton's impressive form both this season and last year, and he was voted one of the top three players for England at this summer's Toulon tournament. His passing and dead ball delivery is among the best to emerge since Beckham, and with 54 Premier League appearances under his belt, he isn't far off former Saints prodigy Luke Shaw, who this summer earned a near £30 million move to Manchester United.

Nathaniel Chalobah - It's hard to believe Chelsea midfielder Chalobah is still only 19, having been one of the country's most promising talents since bursting onto the scene in Watford's near miss promotion campaign of 2012-13. With 75 first team appearances spread across several clubs, he has an excellent amount of football under his belt already, and is now taking in some Premier League action on loan at Burnley. Though this season may be tough considering the Clarets are already struggling in the top flight, it is likely Chalobah, with his powerful playing style and eye for long distance goals, should emerge as one of the success stories as the season goes on.

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