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#FLAWARDS | Young Player of the Year Shortlist Announced

2:01 pm Monday, 11 April 2016
As the 2015/16 edition of the Football League Awards edges ever closer, the shortlist for the Young Player of the Year has today been announced.
The Football League have announced the three-man shortlist for the annual Young Player of the Year award.

The winner will be announced at The Football League Awards in Manchester on Sunday 17th April.

Moussa Dembélé (Fulham)
Fulham’s French forward has hit the back of the net an impressive 14 times in the Sky Bet Championship this season.

Lewis Cook (Leeds United)
The talented 19-year-old has won plaudits across the division and beyond for his dominant midfield displays throughout the season.

Rico Henry (Walsall)
In his first full season in the first team, Walsall’s left-back has been central to the Saddlers’ promotion bid from Sky Bet League 1.

The award is presented to the best player in The Football League under the age of 21, or the season in which he turned 21, and celebrates the emergence of young playing talent at The Football League’s 72 clubs.

This year’s winner will hope to follow in the footsteps of the 2015 winner Dele Alli, who has gone onto receive international honours and wide acclaim in his first season at Tottenham Hotspur. Gareth Bale (2007) and Fabian Delph (2009) are also internationally recognised previous winners of the award.

The Football League Awards celebrates on and off pitch excellence across The League's 72 clubs, rewarding players, clubs and fans. Each season, Football League clubs invest more than £60m on identifying, training and educating the next generation of football talent.

There are 8,500 young players between the ages of eight and 18 registered with League clubs, making Football League Youth Development the largest centrally co-ordinated young player programme in world football. More than 200 players aged 21 or under make their professional debuts for Football League clubs each season.

Commenting on the nominations for Young Player of the Year, Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive of The Football League, said: "We’re delighted to announce the shortlist of this hugely prestigious award. The strength of the Young Player of the Year shortlist continues to highlight the wealth of young talent that exists throughout The Football League. We wish all three players the very best of luck.”

To find out more about The Football League Awards, and for a full list of award categories, visit www.FLAwards.com or search #FLAwards.


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