Football League Awards
The 10th anniversary of the Football League awards commence on Sunday 19th April, celebrating excellence on and off the pitch excellence across The League’s 72 clubs, rewarding players, clubs and fans alike.
The shortlist for the prestigious Football League Young Player of the Year award, where previous winners include Gareth Bale, Fabian Delph and Nathaniel Clyne has been revealed and includes:
Dele Alli – MK Dons
Dele has had an outstanding season for Milton Keynes Dons, becoming a key figure in Karl Robinson’s promotion-chasing side. The 19-year-old midfielder joined the Dons’ Academy aged 11 before making his debut as a 16 year old. His form this season, in which he has scored 14 goals including a hat-trick against Crewe Alexandra, resulted in him signing for Tottenham Hotspur in the last transfer window before being loaned back to the Dons. This season also saw Dele selected for the England U19’s for the first time, having previously represented his country at Under 18 and Under 17 level.
Patrick Bamford – Middlesbrough
Currently on loan in the north east from Chelsea, 21-year-old Patrick has led the line at Middlesbrough this season, scoring 18 goals as ‘Boro battle for promotion from the Sky Bet Championship. The England Under -21 international has been one of the standout players in the division and has developed into a firm favourite with the fans on Teesside. Having started his career with local club Nottingham Forest’s Academy, Patrick has already made over 100 appearances for Football League clubs, with loan spells at Milton Keynes Dons and Derby County preceding his time at Middlesbrough this term.
Nathan Redmond – Norwich City
Nathan’s form for Norwich City this season has helped drive them on to occupy a regular place near the top of the Sky Bet Championship table in the race for promotion. The midfielder has found the net three times this season, with goals against Huddersfield Town, Brentford and Blackpool. An established member of the England Under-21 team, Nathan is a fans favourite at Carrow Road thanks to his pace and skill. He started his career with home-town club Birmingham City, making his first team debut as a 16 year old, before signing for the Canaries in 2013.
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