Former Ireland international Declan Rice has been included in the six-man shortlist for the 2018/2019 PFA Young Player of the Year.
The West Ham midfielder, who was embroiled in an international tug of war between Ireland and England for the majority of the year, has been rewarded for his tremendous displays this season.
Rice has become a key component in the Hammers’ midfield and has stood out against the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool in what’s been his breakthrough campaign.
Alongside Rice on the shortlist is Manchester City duo Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling who have also been nominated for the Player of the Year.
It’s easy to forget that the pair are still only 24 and are therefore still eligible for the award.
Silva’s breakout campaign in the City midfield has resulted in him being rewarded with a nomination, while Sterling’s 17 goals and nine assists will surely see him as the favourite to scoop the award.
Liverpool’s right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been included alongside Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford who has been impressive in the second half of the campaign under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Bournemouth’s Welsh international David Brooks rounds out the shortlist after his outstanding debut season in the Premier League.
OFFICIAL: The nominees for the PFA Young Player of the Year have been announced:
🏴 Trent Alexander-Arnold
🏴 David Brooks
🏴 Marcus Rashford
🏴 Declan Rice
🇵🇹 Bernardo Silva
🏴 Raheem Sterling
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— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) April 20, 2019