With the season coming to a close, many will be wondering who will be crowned the PFA Young Player of the Year. With youngsters from all over the country setting this year’s Premier League alight, there are just three players that stood out above the rest. Darragh Bermingham discusses the five players that deserve to win the PFA Young Player of the Year.
It has been a tremendous year for Luke Shaw. The young full back has established himself as a regular in the Southampton team and even earned his first England call up. The 18-year-old has earned plaudits throughout England as one of the most exciting young prospects in the game.
With Shaw on top form, it is no wonder the likes of Man United, Man City and Liverpool have all been linked with the youngster who has a very bright future. With five years left to win the PFA Young Player of the Year award, it might be a season too early. However, is it ever really too early to start adding individual honours to your game? I don’t think so and neither will young Luke Shaw.
The young Liverpool winger has been one of the Reds’ best players this season. His pace and dribbling ability have set the English youngster aside as one of the best attackers in the league. With seven goals to his name, Sterling has been terrorising defences all season and has put his name into the hat for England’s World Cup squad. Can he add a Premier League winner’s medal and a PFA Young Player of the Year award to a wonderful season?
Banging in goals left, right and centre, Daniel Sturridge’s season has been breath-taking to say the least. One half of the most feared partnership in the league, SAS, Sturridge has scored 20 goals this season. The young English striker has been in terrific form for the Reds since his move from Chelsea. Starved of first team chances at the Blues and Man City, Sturridge has shown his class under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers and is second favourite (behind Hazard) to be crowned the PFA Young Player of the Year.
The big Belgian has been terrorising defenders twice his age this season. Lukaku has scored 13 goals more than any striker at his parent club, Chelsea. The Blues would be mad to let the striker go in the summer. At just 20 years of age, Lukaku is still developing and has the potential to be a real world class player. He has everything needed to be a top class striker: pace, strength, good feet and a great finishing ability. With a bright future ahead, the “new Didier Drogba” has the world at his feet. Lukaku has the talent to go all the way and establish himself as one of the world’s top strikers.
With the Blues fighting for the league title, many are tipping Eden Hazard as a deserving candidate for the PFA Young Player of the Year. The young Belgian attacker has shown his maturity as well as his skill this season, banging in 14 goals for the Blues. Hazard is renowned as one of the best young players in the world of late and, before making the move to Chelsea, he was approached by Man United, Man City, Real Madrid and Barcelona. Five top teams cannot be wrong and Hazard’s pace and skill have had defenders quaking in their boots since the start of the season. With the young winger in top form, it would be no surprise to see the Belgian raise the PFA Young Player of the Year award aloft come the end of the season.
Verdict: It’s hard to see past Eden Hazard. He is quickly establishing himself as one of the world’s top ten players and has been central to Chelsea’s success on domestic and European fronts this season. The young Belgian gets my vote.
Darragh Bermingham, Pundit Arena.
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