The ‘Golden Boy’ is entering its fifteenth year, and the Premier League is very well represented.
Established by Italian outlet Established by Italian outlet Tuttosport in 2003, the award sees 30 journalists across Europe vote on the five most impressive under 21’s on the continent.
The ‘Golden Boy’ is certainly a great indicator of who is set to take the footballing world by storm. The likes of Wayne Rooney (in 2004), Lionel Messi (in 2005), Sergio Aguero (2007), Isco (2012) and Paul Pogba (2013) have previously claimed the award.
Of course, some winners in the form of Anderson and Alexandre Pato (in 2008 and 2009 respectively) haven’t lived up to their perceived potential, but the award does encapsulate the excitement around the world’s best youngsters – and they’ve been nominated in their droves.
The Premier League boasts no less than six nominations, as Liverpool leading the way with both U-20 World Cup hero Dominic Solanke and defender Joe Gomez impressing the panel of voters.
Marcus Rashford has gotten the nod yet again, having finished second last year to Swansea loanee Renato Sanches. Elsewhere, Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton, Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City and Kyle Walker Peters of Tottenham round off the nominees.
That five of the six nominees are English will give much needed hope to the English national side going forward.
The nominee list can be seen in full below.
Jean-Kevin Augustin, RB Leipzig;
Rodrigo Bentacur, Juventus;
Steven Bergwijn, PSV;
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Everton;
Federico Chiesa, Fiorentina;
Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona;
Amadou Diawara, Napoli;
Kasper Dolberg, Ajax;
Gianluigi Donnarumma, Milan;
Gabriel Jesus, Manchester City;
Joe Gomez, Liverpool;
Benjamin Henrichs, Bayer Leverkusen;
Aaron Martin, Espanyol;
Borja Mayoral, Real Madrid;
Kylian Mbappé, Paris Saint-Germain;
Emre Mor, Celta Vigo;
Reece Oxford, Borussia Monchengladbach;
Christian Pulisic, Borussia Dortmund;
Marcus Rashford, Manchester United;
Allan Saint-Maximim, Nice;
Dominic Solanke, Liverpool;
Theo Hernandez, Real Madrid;
Youri Tielemans, Monaco;
Enes Unal, Villarreal;
Kyle Walker-Peters, Tottenham.