Sergio Aguero and Gareth Bale head the PFA’s shortlist for Young Player of the Year.
Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kyle Walker complete the list but there is confusion about the omission of Sunderland midfielder James McClean.
The 22-year-old has taken the Premier League by storm this season and has broken into the Republic of Ireland senior squad.
He made his first start in January against Manchester City and has never looked back. He is now a regular in Martin O’Neills side since moving from Derry City just over a year ago.
Sergio Aguero has got to be the favourite though. The Argentine has scored 28 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions for Manchester City this season.
You may think that the award includes some players that aren’t exactly youthful, but the award is open to anyone under the age of 23 when the season begins – meaning a 24-year-old could win the award. Hardly young.
The award last season was rightly won by Jack Wilshere. His performances were just short of magical and earned him praise throughout the world and a coveted call-up to the English national side, of which Fabio Capello proclaimed that he would one day be captain.
One positive thing coming from the awards is that English players have won it so many more times than any other country. An English player has won the award 28 times, Wales in second place with 5 winners and then Scotland, Spain, France, Portugal and Australia having one winner each. This is hopeful for the future of English football which has largely been overshadowed by the fact that more and more foreigners are gracing the Premier League and limiting opportunities for English youngsters.