Marcus Rashford and Dele Alli are among the 40 nominees for the 2016 Golden Boy award.
The 40 man shortlist for the 2016 Golden Boy award has been announced which includes nine representatives from the Premier League. The award is for players under 21 who play in Europe. Previous winners of the award include Paul Pogba, Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney. We’ve taken a look at who we believe can win this year’s award.Renato Sanches – Bayern Munich
Renato Sanches signed for Bayern Munich in the summer for a fee rumoured to be £35 million. Sanches was part of Portugal’s Euro 2016 team and he received the Young Player of the Tournament award for his outstanding performances. The player has a massive future ahead of him and he’s the current favourite at 8/13 to win the award.Dele Alli – Tottenham Hotspur
Dele Alli had a terrific season with Tottenham where they finished third in the Premier League. He was voted the season’s PFA Young Player of the year in 2015/16 which saw him score 10 goals. Alli, one of the favourites for the award, has been priced at 5/1.Marcus Rashford – Manchester United
Marcus Rashford has a phenomenal future ahead of him. After making his debut in the Europa League in February, he’s proved to be an essential player to Manchester United. He’s managed to score on his Europa League, Premier League and England debut which is quite remarkable. Rashford is 7/1 to become the fourth player from Man Utd to win the Golden Boy award.Kelechi Iheanacho – Manchester City
Kelechi Iheanacho made his debut for Manchester City last season and he went on to score 10 goals in all competitions. His form gained him a call up to the Nigerian squad where he has managed to score three goals in five games. He’s highly regarded by Pep Guardiola and at 20/1, he could be in with a shot of becoming this year’s Golden Boy.Moussa Dembele – Celtic
Moussa Dembele signed a four-year deal at Celtic in the summer and he’s gone on to score 12 goals in 17 appearances in all competitions. Brendan Rodgers has managed to get the best out of him and he’s been priced at 25/1 to win the award. Surely a huge price for a man who scored a hat-trick in the Old Firm derby last month.