Golden Boy 2021 Nominees: Manchester Striker Mason Greenwood and Jude Bellingham nominated
Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood and Bukayo Saka are among six Premier League youngsters who have been nominated for the Golden Boy award.
The accolade is won by Europe’s brightest U21 young talent during a calendar year and, after being won by Rafael van der Vaart in its inaugural ceremony back in 2003, the award has an illustrious roll of honour with names such as Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe.
Greenwood has had a fine start to the season, already netting three times in four games this season.
The two-footed striker has impressed in a Manchester United team that lost midweek to BSC Young Boys, conceding a last-minute goal.
Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham has been nominated as well and continues to pass every test set in front of him.
The young Englishman scored and assisted midweek to help Dortmund beat Beşiktaş 2-1.
Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala is another standout nominee who has become a key player for the German giants under new boss Julian Nagelsmann.
Like Bellingham, Gio Reyna has also established himself as a regular starter for Borussia Dortmund.
The USMNT international has already made 69 appearances for BVB, scoring ten goals and assisting a further 11.
Bellingham is among the favourites to win the 2021 Golden Boy award, But he faces tough competition from the likes of Pedri (FC Barcelona), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) and several other talented youngsters.
Borussia Dortmund player, Erling Haaland won the Golden Boy award last year after scoring 41 goals in 41 appearances, but this year’s renewal seems fairly open.
Barcelona ’s Pedri has played relentlessly this year, through La Liga, the Euros and the Olympics before returning to Barcelona without a break, but has impressed with his passing and is a bright spark in a struggling Barcelona team.
Spanish media are heavily tipping him as a favourite.