Phil Foden Looks the Player to Beat for Young Player Award

Phil Foden had to be patient for his opportunity to shine in a Manchester City shirt, although he’s now a firm part of the first team at the Etihad Stadium. Pep Guardiola considers him to be one of the most dangerous forwards at the north-west club and he tends to occupy the left side of a triple-pronged attack.

Foden is also part of the England squad and could be knocking on the door for the 2022 World Cup team, with the winger winning this award last season and his contribution could be even greater this time around. He scored a brilliant goal at Anfield and has a devastating shot as well as the ability to ghost past players at will.

Reece James Could Become Latest Young Player Winner

It has also taken a while for Reece James to break into the Chelsea first-team although the England full-back is arguably the first name on the teamsheet at Stamford Bridge. Indeed, Thomas Tuchel hasn’t always preferred him in the right wing-back role although the former Wigan player is now racking up assists and goals for fun.

James is now the right back who is keeping Trent Alexander Arnold out of the first team for England and he could be the value to win the PFA Young Player Award. His ability to deliver the ball and also score goals means that he could even be a dark horse to win the overall prize.

Arsenal Pair Also in Running for Young Player Award

Emil Smith Rowe was a shining light for Arsenal last season despite the team’s troubles and he’s now running the show in attacking midfield. It’s no surprise that the youngster has earned a recent England call-up and he could be firmly on the shortlist when it comes to securing the young player prize.

He also has a lively team-mate in the form of Bukayo Saka, with the England winger having enjoyed a decent amount of game time at Euro 2020 in an England shirt. Saka has not been able to match Smith Rowe in terms of goals scored, although he’s clearly a class act and has a chance of landing the top prize here.


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