Golden Boy Award: Marcus Rashford, Alex Iwobi And Dele Alli Join Host Of Premier League Younglings On Prestigious Shortlist

Chris Wright

29th, September 2016



Marcus Rashford, Alex Iwobi and Dele Alli are among a host of Premier League starlets to have found their way onto the Golden Boy award shortlist for 2016.

Despite the slightly naff name, the Golden Boy is deemed to be a prestigious award, with the annual shortlist comprising of the 40 best players under the age of 21 (and registered at European clubs) according to Italian newspaper Tuttosport.

Along with the aforementioned trio, Man City pair Kelechi Iheanacho and Leroy Sane, Chelsea starlets Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Andreas Christensen, Nathan, Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic and Leicester City winger Demarai Gray have also made the 2016 cut…


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Last year’s winner was Rashford’s current teammate at Manchester United, with Anthony Martial claiming the honour, while 2014 saw Raheem Sterling (then of Liverpool) bestowed with the award.

The Golden Boy award is traditionally handed out in December, so we’ll have further news as and when.

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  1. Bruno says:

    You may disagree but…

    I think Rashford is the first english player after Michael Owen that is trully special at any level. You can say whatever you want about Owen, shit pundit, horses, injuries, bla bla, but when he was fit no one could stop him. He always scored, no matter the opponent. Brazil, Argentina, Germany, at world cups, finals, against big teams in the UCL, derbies… ALWAYS.
    Rooney was never like that and although Gerrard and Lampard were fantastic, they never really made a difference at international level.

    Owen did, against everybody. The goals were always his. I think Rashford can do it too. He does not seem to feel the pressure or fade in the big games, quite the contrary. The bigger the game the bigger is his impact and that’s what England missed so much. You always had great players but they always fade away when shit got serious, hehe. Rashford is not like that, the boy’s special.

  2. Paul says:

    @Bruno: Your word is gospel, both about (hopefully) Rashford and Owen. Although what I hate more than anything regarding the English National Team is that we seem to be frightened of genuine talent, and prefer to choose big named players as opposed to what form suggests. If you’re good enough you should be playing at the highest level, and Rashford is the perfect example.

    The very best young players should be tested, not mollycoddled and put into an U21 International side. This never happened with Rooney or Owen and they were scoring goals for fun in their teens. Players may find it harder to adjust a higher caliber of competition they are then thrust into. I’m not saying that this should happen with all young players, just the exceptionally gifted ones.

    Why is a talent like Rashford wasted at England U21 when he is become a Manchester United first team player in a team of stars.

    Sorry about that, rant over.

  3. Bruno says:

    @Paul: I agree with you about testing players at the big level. Fat Ronaldo was the best player in the world at 17. I just said that Rashford is the more “I don’t feel pressure” player in England since Owen. Rooney/Gerrard/Lampard, etc, always underperformed when required at international level and that is a fact. Owen did not, scored againt big teams everytime.
    And I think Rashford will be the same. That’s what I meant.

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