Arsenal star among four Premier League players on 2019 Golden Boy award shortlist


BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - MAY 29: Matteo Guendouzi of Arsenal acknowledges the fans after the UEFA Europa League Final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Baku Olimpiya Stadionu on May 29, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Juventus and Holland center-back Matthijs de Ligt claimed the award in 2018, following in the footsteps of Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi.

Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is among four Premier League players whose names are on the 20-man shortlist of the 2019 Golden Boy award.

The highly sought-after award is given out by Italian newspaper Tuttosport to the best under-21 player currently playing in top leagues of European football.

An initial long list was unveiled to the press earlier this year and had now been watered down to a final 20 players, with three England stars making the cut.

Battling the likes of Guendouzi for the honor are the likes of Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, Chelsea forward Mason Mount and Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden.

Four Premier League stars on Golden Boy 2019 shortlist

NORWICH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Mason Mount of Chelsea celebrates scoring his teams second goal with Tammy Abraham during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Chelsea FC at Carrow Road on August 24, 2019 in Norwich, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
The inclusion of Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is a welcome surprise for the Gunners fans as he only joined the club last summer from Ligue 1 side Lorient.

Phil Foden, meanwhile, hugely impressed for Manchester City last season with a string of performances giving those watching a glimpse of his huge potential.

New Everton signing Moise Kean, who joined the Blues for 27m from Juventus in the summer, is another Premier League star on the list.

The 19-year-old Italian impressed for Juventus last term but has been unable to find the back of the net since his move to the Merseyside in August.

Mason Mount, the final Premier League name on the shortlist, has come off life under Frank Lampard at Chelsea this campaign. The 20-year-old forward hit the ground running with his goal against Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup earlier this campaign and has since then managed 4 goals in 8 domestic appearances.

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Atletico Madrid forward favorite to win the award

MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 18: Joao Felix of Atletico Madrid reacts during the Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Getafe CF at Wanda Metropolitano on August 18, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Atletico Madrid and Portugal star Joao Felix, who joined the Spanish side from Portuguese outfit Benfica in the summer, is among the favorites to win the award.

The 20-year-old was in the form of his life last season as he scored 15 goals and assisted another 7 to fire Benfica to their 37th Super league title.

His performances didn’t go unnoticed as after igniting a tug of war between major European sides for his signature, Felix ended up joining Atletico Madrid in a £117m deal.

The Portuguese has started his life in La Liga in fine form as he already has 2 goals and an assist to his name in his first 8 games in the competition.

Golden Boy 2019 Final Shortlist:

  • Matthijs de Ligt (20) – Juventus
  • Alphonso Davies (18) – Bayern Munich
  • Gianluigi Donnarumma (20) – AC Milan
  • Ansu Fati (16) – Barcelona
  • Phil Foden (19) – Man City
  • Matteo Guendouzi (20) – Arsenal
  • Erling Braut Haaland (19) – RB Salzburg
  • Kai Haverts (20) – Bayer Leverkusen
  • Joao Felix (19) – Atletico Madrid
  • Dejan Joveljic (20) – Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Moise Kean (19) – Everton
  • Lee Kang-in (18) – Valencia
  • Andriy Lunin (20) – Real Madrid
  • Donyell Malen (20) – PSV
  • Mason Mount (20) – Chelsea
  • Rodrygo (18) – Real Madrid
  • Jadon Sancho (19) – Borussia Dortmund
  • Ferran Torres (19) – Valencia
  • Vinicius Junior (19) – Real Madrid
  • Nicolo Zaniolo (20) – Roma

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