Earlier today, the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) released its nominees for various award categories including the Young Player of the Year award.
Only players who started the season aged 23 and below are eligible for the award that was won by Raheem Sterling last time out. One of the following names will be crowned as this year’s winner.
Another excellent campaign for the Liverpool full-back. His 13 assists last season is a Premier League record for a defender, surpassing the 12 he recorded prior to that. He is the only player on this list that is also among the nominees for the PFA Player of the Year award as well.
After picking up the Premier League Young Player of the Season award, it is largely expected that he will be announced the winner of this award next Tuesday.
A decent campaign on loan under Frank Lampard at Derby County ensured that Mason Mount followed his manager back to Stamford Bridge and this time, he wasn’t going on any more loan outings.
His first season in the Premier League yielded seven goals and five assists in 37 games as well as a nomination for the Premier League Player of the Season award. With the influx of new signings at Stamford Bridge this summer, his level of involvement next season could be reduced significantly.
Despite making his first league start in December, Greenwood ended the season with 10 goals and the third-best scoring frequency in the entire division.
More remarkably, his 10 goals came from a total of 3.39 xG which highlights how excellent his finishing ability is. Even at age 18, he has shown lethal he can be in front of goal which is bad news for opposition defences.
Abraham was also recalled from one of his numerous loan spells as Lampard prepared for his first season in charge. He flew out of the blocks with seven goals in his first five outings but faded out as the season progressed.
He would go on to end the season with 15 goals which were worth more points for Chelsea than any of his teammates.
The 24-year-old had his best season yet last time out with 22 strikes in all competitions including 17 in the Premier League. Alongside Anthony Martial and fellow award nominee; Mason Greenwood, he formed part of an attack that went on to score over 60 goals combined.
As excellent as he was on the pitch, he was even better off it. He launched a campaign to help with the feeding of school kids during what was a difficult period for everyone. In the wake of that, he was also awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester.
Saka was one of Arsenal’s best players in the just-concluded season. Despite having to feature in an unnatural position for most of the campaign, he was magnificent for the Gunners.
This saw him sign a new deal that will keep him in North London for the foreseeable future. As Arteta continues his rebuilding project at the Emirates, Saka is set to play a respectable role in that.