By Wayne Veysey

11th Apr, 2016 | 9:23pm

Fulham star rewarded as he prepares to follow in footsteps of Alli and Bale

By Alex Stevens

Moussa Dembele has been nominated on the three-man shortlist for the Football League Young Player of the Year award, it was confirmed on Monday.

The teenage striker is up against Leeds midfielder Lewis Cook and Walsall left-back Rico Henry for the coveted gong.

The annual award is presented to the best player in The Football League under the age of 21, or the season in which he turned 21, and celebrates the emergence of young playing talent at the 72 professional clubs outside of the English division.

This year’s winner will hope to follow in the footsteps of the 2015 winner Dele Alli, who has gone onto receive international honours and wide acclaim in his first season at Tottenham. Gareth Bale (2007) and Fabian Delph (2009) are also internationally recognised previous winners of the award.

Dembele, 19, has been a mainstay of the Fulham attack this season, starting 34 of their 40 Championship matches and providing further evidence of the potential that has made him a regular for France Under-20s.

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Explaining Dembele’s nomination on their website on Monday, the Football League wrote: “Fulham’s French forward has hit the back of the net an impressive 14 times in the Championship this season.”

The winner will be announced at The Football League Awards in Manchester on Sunday, 17 April.