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The award, which rewards the most promising player in Europe under 21 years of age enters its 14th edition this year. A voting panel consisting of 30 top journalists in Europe will be saddled with the responsibility of electing a winner.

Past winners include Martial, Sterling, Gotze, Balotelli, Messi and Isco.

Here are this year’s nominees :

1

DELE ALLI

Club: Tottenham

Age: 19

Position : Midfield

Notable Achievement(s) : EPL PFA Team of the year.

2

MARCO ASENSIO

Club: Real Madrid

Age : 20

Position : Midfield

Notable Achievement(s) : Promotion to senior team.

3

LEON BAILEY

Club : Genk

Age: 19

Position : Forward

Notable Achievement(s) : First team football.

4

RIECHEDLY BAZOER

Club : Ajax

Age : 19

Position : Midfield

Notable Achievement(s) : First team football

5

GABRIEL BOSCHILIA

Club : AS Monaco

Age : 20

Position : Midfield

Notable Achievement(s) : First team football

6

JULIAN BRANDT

Club : Bayer Leverkusen

Age : 20

Position : Midfield/Forward

Notable Achievement(s) : 2016 Olympics Silver Medal

7

CARLOS FERNANDEZ

Club : Sevilla

Age : 20

Position : Forward

Notable Achievement(s) : First team football

8

ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN

Club : Borussia Monchengladbach

Age : 20

Position : Defence

Notable Achievement(s) : Regular first team football

9

KINGSLEY COMAN

Club : Bayern Munich

Age : 20

Position : Forward

Notable Achievement(s) : First team football / Euros 2016 runners up medalist

10

ANTE CORIC

Club : Dinamo Zagreb

Age : 19

Position : Midfield

Notable Achievement(s) : First team football / Euros 2016 squad

11

AMADOU DIAWARA

Club : Napoli

Age : 19

Position : Midfield

Notable Achievement(s) : First team football

12

MAHMOUD DAHOUD

Club : Borussia Monchengladbach

Age : 20

Position : Midfield

Notable Achievement(s) : Regular first team football

13

DANILO

Club : Benfica

Age : 20

Position : Midfield

Notable Achievement(s) : First team football

14

MOUSSA DEMBELE

Club : Celtic

Age : 20

Position : Forward

Notable Achievement(s) : Regular first team football

15

OUSMANE DEMBELE

Club : Borussia Dortmund

Age : 19

Position : Forward

Notable Achievement(s) : Regular first team football

16

GIANLUIGI DONNARUMMA

Club : AC Milan

Age : 17

Position : Goal

Notable Achievement(s) : Regular first team football

17

BREEL EMBOLO

Club : Schalke 04

Age : 19

Position : Forward

Notable Achievement(s) : Regular first team football

18

GABIGOL

Club : Inter

Age : 20

Position : Forward

Notable Achievement(s) : 2016 Olympic Gold Medal

19

ALEKSANDR GOLOVIN

Club : CSKA Moscow

Age : 20

Position : Midfield

Notable Achievement(s) : First team football

20

GONCALO GUEDES

Club : Benfica

Age : 19

Position : Forward

Notable Achievement(s) : First team football

21

DEMARAI GRAY

Club : Leicester City

Age : 20

Position : Forward

Notable Achievement(s) : EPL winners medal, 2015/2016 season.

22

MARKO GRUJIC

Club : Liverpool

Age : 20

Position : Midfield

Notable Achievement(s) : 2015 U-20 World Cup winners medal / Serbian SuperLiga winners medal

23

ALEN HALILOVIC

Club : Hamburg

Age : 20

Position : Midfield

Notable Achievement(s) : First team football

24

KELECHI IHEANACHO

Club : Manchester City

Age : 19

Position : Forward

Notable Achievement(s) : EPL best goals-per-minute ratio / EFL Cup winners medal 2015/2016

25

ALEX IWOBI

Club : Arsenal

Age : 20

Position : Forward

Notable Achievement(s) : First team football

26

VIKTOR KOVALENKO

Club : Shakhtar Donetsk

Age : 20

Position : Midfield

Notable Achievement(s) : First team football

27

RUBEN LOFTUS CHEEK

Club : Chelsea

Age : 20

Position : Midfield

Notable Achievement(s) : Toulon Tournament Player of the Tournament

28

LUCAS HERNANDEZ

Club : Atletico Madrid

Age : 20

Position : Defence

Notable Achievement(s) : First team football

29

EMANUEL MAMMANA

Club : Lyon

Age : 20

Position : Defence

Notable Achievement(s) : First team football

30

NATHAN

Club : Vitesse

Age : 20

Position : Forward

Notable Achievement(s) : First team football

31

OLIVIER NTCHAM

Club : Genoa

Age : 20

Position : Midfield

Notable Achievement(s) : First team football

32

MARCUS RASHFORD

Club : Manchester United

Age : 18

Position : Forward

Notable Achievement(s) : Debut goals in the Europa League, EPL, EFL, England national team, England under-21 team.

33

RENATO SANCHES

Club : Bayern Munich

Age : 19

Position : Midfield

Notable Achievement(s) : Euros 2016 Winners medal / Best youth player of the tournament

34

JAIRO RIEDEWALD

Club : Ajax

Age : 20

Position : Defence

Notable Achievement(s) : First team football

35

RUBEN NEVES

Club : Porto

Age : 19

Position : Midfield

Notable Achievement(s) : 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship runners up medal

36

ANTONIO SANABRIA

Club : Real Betis

Age : 20

Position : Forward

Notable Achievement(s) : First team football

37

LEROY SANE

Club : Manchester City

Age : 20

Position : Midfield/Forward

Notable Achievement(s) : First team football

38

JONATHAN TAH

Club : Bayer Leverkusen

Age : 20

Position : Defence

Notable Achievement(s) : First team football

39

YOURI TIELEMANS

Club : Anderlecht

Age : 19

Position : Midfield

Notable Achievement(s) : Belgian Young Professional Footballer of the Year : 2013–14 , 2014–15. Belgian Talent of the Year: 2014

40

ALMAMY TOURE

Club : Monaco

Age : 20

Position : Defence

Notable Achievement(s) : First team football.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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