Here at HITC Sport we are running a poll on the Premier League's best young player of 2016. There are a number of potential candidates as academy breakout stars and big money transfers of promising talent has seen some standout youngsters appear on the scene this year. Over the last 12 months, a number of candidates have risen and we have compiled a list of those that we feel are particularly deserving of the accolade.
The nominations are as follows:
Tottenham's Dele Alli celebrates
Tottenham's star man in the midfield and a real powerhouse when on form. The midfielder has jumped to the Premier League from League One with ease, even if his form this season has been a little temperamental. However, across the entire year he has been a driving force in Spur's title push in both campaigns. Alli is a player blessed with a superb passing range, good touch and accurate shooting. In conjunction with this, he is a robust tackler, clever defender and he has a superb engine. This year he has hit nine goals and picked up seven assists in the Premier League as he continues to prove what a huge talent he is.
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling is another exceptionally exciting English talent that has earned a huge transfer to one of England's biggest clubs. The winger has searing pace, good touches and he is very clever on the ball with his ability to cross and cut in on his right foot adding to his threat. He has not been quite as prolific with his scoring this year as he has only netted five times and picked up two assists, however, this does perhaps illustrate his budding influence in the build up play for his team.
Sunderland's Jordan Pickford
Pickford has really come to the fore this season as his ability has astounded and impressed those that have watched him play, and, at the age of just 22-years-old, he still has many years to improve and grow as a player. This season has been particularly impressive for the goalkeeper as he has made 58 saves in the 13 games he has played. While Sunderland currently sit at the bottom of the table, they would be far further from safety if not for their young star.
Manchester United's Marcus Rashford
The rise of Marcus Rashford has been an unbelievable one. In his first Premier League game he netted twice against Arsenal as Manchester United claimed victory. This year in the Premier League Rashord has scored eight times and assisted two goals. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic now plying his trade at United, the young striker is utilised a little more patiently, but is still going from strength to strength as he continues to grow as a player.
Manchester United's Anthony Martial in action
Another Manchester United star that lit up the Premier League upon his arrival. This year he has scored eight goals and assisted six times as he shows his ability to both find the back of the net and set up his teammates. His pace and clinical finishing make him a fantastic choice at striker, while he is also very adept on the wing. Martial could become one of the world's very best players.
Arsenal's Hector Bellerin
Arsenal's speedster on the flank, Bellerin has plugged the hole left on the right side of defence and, even at such a young age, he is proving his incredible ability. The Spanish full-back is supposedly the target of a number of top teams, however, he is currently an integral part of an Arsenal side that is challenging both domestically and abroad. Like the others, Bellerin has a lot of time to improve and mature, something that Arsene Wenger will be desperate to cultivate.