Gary Neville picks Manchester City ace as young POTY, omits Tottenham ace Alli
By Dominic Toner
Gary Neville believes that Manchester City attacker Leroy Sane should be the PFA Young Player of the Year ahead of Tottenham’s Dele Alli.
The shortlist for the award is set to be announced this week as the division’s young talents are recognised.
Germany international Sane has enjoyed a fantastic first season in English football following his summer move to the Etihad Stadium.
The 21-year-old has excited City fans with his blistering pace and ability to take on defenders with ease.
Meanwhile, 21-year-old Alli has become an integral part of the Spurs side this campaign and has continued his meteoric rise under manager Mauricio Pochettino.
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Sky Sports pundit Neville feels that Sane just has the edge over Alli after making a great impact in his first season.
“It’s between Dele Alli and Leroy Sane, but with Alli we know him and he’s been in the league for a couple of seasons,” Neville told Sky Sports. “For Sane to come into the league and make the impact he has, it looks like he’s going to be really special.”
Sane is regarded as one of the most exciting youngsters in Europe and has started quickly after joining City from German outfit Schalke for £37million.
The pacy winger has had a couple of injury setbacks disrupt his season so far, but he has still managed 29 games across all competitions, scoring eight goals and supplying four assists in return.
He has managed four goals during his Premier League games and looked a constant threat down the left, while teammate Raheem Sterling operates on the right.
Alli has been in sensational form for Spurs and helped them up to second in the Premier League table.
The attacking midfielder has scored 19 goals and supplied 10 assists in 42 appearances across all competitions.
The England international has struck 16 times in the Premier League and is turning into a fan favourite at White Hart Lane.
In other Tottenham news, Paul Walsh believes the club need a player like Chelsea’s midfield powerhouse.