Three Premier League players achieved the Golden Boy 2021 shortlist, with Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood, and Tottenham’s Bryan Gil all making the cut.
Jude Bellingham, an England international, was also named to the shortlist, along with Giovanni Reyna of Borussia Dortmund.
Arsenal’s William Saliba, who is presently on loan at Marseille and has yet to make his Arsenal debut, is also a contender after impressing in Ligue 1.
The award is given to the best under-21 player in Europe throughout the course of the year, as determined by sports journalists.
It was initially given to Rafael van der Vaart in 2003, and it has gone on to be presented to a slew of other prominent personalities since then.
Karim Adeyemi (RB Salzburg), Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund) Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Charles De Ketelaere ( FC Brugge), Gavi (Barcelona), Bryan Gil (Tottenham) Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax), Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Daniel Maldini (AC Milan), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), Nuno Mendes (PSG), Pedri (Barcelona), Roberto Piccoli (Atalanta), Yeremi Pino (Villarreal), Giovanni Reyna (Borussia Dortmund), Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), William Saliba (Marseille), Jurrien Timber (Ajax), Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen)
Last year, Erling Haaland received the most votes, followed by Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Paul Pogba, Raheen Sterling, and Kylian Mbappe.
Pedri, a Barcelona and Spain midfielder, Eduardo Camavinga, a Real Madrid summer addition, and Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala are also on the shortlist.
The announcement date has yet to be determined, but it will occur before the end of 2021.