Ruben Dias and Phil Foden of Man City in the race for the Premier League Young Player of the Season award
Man City’s title-winning duo Ruben Dias and Phil Foden are among the favorites for the Premier League Young Player of the Season award… while Chelsea star Mason Mount and Arsenal ace Bukayo Saka are also in the running
- Fans can now vote for their Premier League Young Player of the Season
- Ruben Dias, Phil Foden, Mason Mount and Bukayo Saka are in the running
- Marcus Rashford and Declan Rice are also chasing the prize
- Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Illan Meslier make up the rest of the nominees
Manchester City’s title-winning duo of Ruben Dias and Phil Foden are among the frontrunners for the Young Player of the Season award after the eight nominees were announced.
The City duo have a chance to win the prestigious award with Mason Mount, Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, Declan Rice, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Illan Meslier.
The eight candidates were confirmed on Tuesday afternoon and fans can now vote for their favorite youngster in the Premier League – with the award given to the best performing star who was 23 or under before the 2020-21 campaign kicked off.
Ruben Dias and Phil Foden (L) have a chance to win the Premier League Young Player of the Season prize
Mason Mount is also in the running for the award after shining again for Chelsea
Bukayo Saka is in the running after becoming one of Arsenal’s key players in a scorching campaign
YOUNG PLAYER OF THE SEASONAL CANDIDATES
Ruben Dias – Manchester City
Phil Foden – Manchester City
Mason Mount – Chelsea
Marcus Rashford – Manchester United
Bukayo Saka – Arsenal
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Everton
Declan Rice – West Ham
Illan Meslier – Leeds
Dias and Stones are most likely to take home the award thanks to their heroism as City stormed to their third Premier League title in four seasons.
Dias, now 24, transformed City’s defenses after coming over from Benfica – and his leadership and physicality at the back resulted in Pep Guardiola’s men conceding the fewest goals (32) in the top division.
The Portuguese centre-back, who was recently crowned Football Writers’ Player of the Season, is also in the running for the Premier League Player of the Year award and is one of the strong favorites to win it.
Foden, meanwhile, enjoyed his best season yet at City and emerged as a regular in the starting lineup, scoring 14 goals in 17 starts and 11 appearances from the bench.
Moreover, Mount is one of those who will bring them close after he starred for Chelsea, who defeated Porto City in the Champions League final last weekend.
The England international made 36 appearances overall for Chelsea in the Premier League and was involved in 11 goals to help the club reach a top four finish on the final day of the season.
Fellow star Rashford has been shortlisted after playing a key role in guiding Manchester United to second place in the Premier League.
Rashford produced the most goals of anyone on this list, with 11 goals and nine assists to his name in 37 games.
Marcus Rashford scored 11 goals and produced nine assists for number two Man United
Declan Rice (L) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (C) played for West Ham and Everton respectively
Fellow Three Lions youngster Saka has also made the list, emerging as one of the bright sparks in a nightmare campaign for Arsenal.
Saka, who was deployed in numerous positions by Mikel Arteta, scored five times and provided three assists for the Gunners.
Rice, meanwhile, played a vital role in West Ham securing a surprise Europa League spot, allowing his side to dominate the heart of the midfield.
Calvert-Lewin represents Everton on the shortlist for young player of the season after finishing sixth highest goalscorer in the Premier League – with 16 to his name.
And finally, young French goalkeeper Meslier is confused after shining between the posts for Leeds back on the top flight in their first season.
Illan Meslier impressed for Leeds in goal in their first season back in the Premier League