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11th Apr, 2017 | 7:14pm

Leeds name four-man shortlist for young POTY award

By Dominic Toner

Leeds have announced the four first team players on their shortlist for the club’s young player of the year.

The Whites confirmed on their official website that Kalvin Phillips, Hadi Sacko, Charlie Taylor and Ronaldo Vieira are the four nominees.

The Yorkshire club have opened the voting for their annual awards, which will be held on 29 April.

Leeds manager Garry Monk has shown a real willingness to promote youth in his squad during his first season at Elland Road this season, making the young player of the year award a hotly contested prize.

Box-to-box midfielder Phillips is the first name in contention and the 21-year-old has made 35 senior appearances this season.

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He starred in the club’s 3-0 win over Preston on Saturday and has been an important squad player for Monk.

Leeds’ loan star Sacko is another nominee and the skilful winger has lit up Elland Road with is technical ability.

The 23-year-old has made 38 appearances for the Whites this campaign and has made a strong impression in English football.

Last season’s winner of the player of the year Taylor is in the running for the youth prize this campaign after another consistent year at left-back.

The 23-year-old has been plagued by injuries this season, but has still played an important role in the promotion bid and made 26 league appearances.

Finally, 18-year-old sensational Vieira has made a huge impact in the first team and been a regular in the central midfield area.

The all rounder has demonstrated a real composure since his senior promotion and is being tipped to be a future star.

In other Leeds news, Chris Sutton believes that everyone wants the Yorkshire club to return to the Premier League.

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