Tottenham youngster named against £97m man for prestigious award
By Russell Edge
Tottenham defender Kyle Walker-Peters has been named as one of 25 candidates to be named as European Golden Boy.
The prestigious award, ran by Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport, is given to Europe’s most impressive player under the age of 21, and is decided by a select panel of 30 journalists judging on their performances over the calendar year.
Last season saw Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches, who is currently on loan at Premier League side Swansea City, pick up the award ahead of the likes of Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford and Spurs’ Dele Alli.
As reported by the Guardian, this season sees the Lilywhites have yet another nominee in the shape of Walker-Peters.
The nomination comes despite the 20-year-old having made just one appearance for the club, coming against Newcastle in this season’s Premier League opener.
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However the England under-21 international has some fierce competition, including Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele, who made a £97million move from Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona this summer.
Other nominees from England’s top flight include Manchester United’s Rashford, for the second successive year, Everton’s Dominic Calvin-Lewin, Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke and Joe Gomez and West Ham’s Reece Oxford, who is currently on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach.
Previous winners of the Golden Boy award include Premier League icons such as Wayne Rooney, Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli and Paul Pogba.
In other Tottenham news, fans are delighted that this youngster will be starting against Barnsley.