Ryan Sessegnon is the shock name on a shortlist of six to win the PFA Young Player of the Year Award, despite playing in the Championship for Fulham.
The 17-year-old has enjoyed a stunning season at Craven Cottage which could still end with the west London outfit earning promotion to the Premier League.
The left-back’s name appears among Manchester City duo Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane who are the leading candidates to claim the award.
Ryan Sessegnon has emerged as a shock contender to win PFA Young Player of the Year
Manchester City duo Rahem Sterling and Leroy Sane are among the favourites to win the prize
HOW KANE QUALIFIES
To be eligible to win Young Player of the Year, players had to be at most 23-years-old on July 1, 2017.
Kane makes the cut-off date by 27 days after turning 24 back on July 28
City keeper Ederson is also on the shortlist following an impressive first season at the Etihad Stadium, with Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford and Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane completing the top six.
Kane just scrapes in as a young player as the age cut-off point required players to be 23 on July 1. Kane’s 24th birthday was just 27 days later.
Sessegnon is a product of Fulham’s youth academy and has attracted attention from Premier League clubs since making his debut for the Cottagers last term.
Despite being 25 in July, Harry Kane is named on the Young Player of the Year shortlist
This season the England Under 21 international has merged as a key player for Slavisa Jokanovic’s side, scoring 14 goals in 42 league games and adding six assists in the process.
Sessegnon’s chances of winning appear slim however with City team-mates Sterling and Sane set to go head-to-head for the award which has been won by Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli for the past two seasons.
The senior award also features Kane and Sane on the shortlist that is led by Mohamed Salah and Kevin de Bruyne.
Kevin d Bruyne voted for Mohamed Salah for the main award, which he is favourite to win
David De Gea and David Silva complete the six players looking to claim th men’s senior prize.
The 45th PFA Awards to be held in the Grosvenor House in London on Sunday April 22.
Here is a lowdown on the six candidates hoping to land th Young Player of the Year award prize…
Harry Kane is hoping to win the PFA Young Player of the Year award for a second time
HARRY KANE (Tottenham)
At the age of 24, Kane remains eligible for both awards three years after he was named young player of the year.
Did you know? After his traditional scoreless August, Kane scored 13 goals in eight games for Spurs and England in September.
Ederson has been a major hit at Manchester City since arriving in the summer from Benfica
EDERSON (Manchester City)
After a difficult season for Claudio Bravo last time around, the Brazil international has solved Guardiola’s goalkeeping worries after his summer arrival from Benfica.
Did you know? If successful, Ederson would become the first Brazilian to win any of the PFA awards other than Merit award, won by Pele in 1996.
MARCUS RASHFORD (Manchester United)
The 20-year-old England forward has continued to impress when called upon this term, scoring six Premier League goals including two in last month’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool.
Did you know? If victorious, Rashford would become the first Manchester United player to win this accolade since Cristiano Ronaldo in 2007.
LEROY SANE (Manchester City)
Sane scored six goals in City’s top-flight record 18-match winning run from August to December and has continued to impress.
Did you know? Sane has been nominated for this award in both of his first two years in England.
RYAN SESSEGNON (Fulham)
The full-back has kicked on from his involvement in England’s victorious European Under-19 Championship squad to score 14 goals so far in Fulham’s promotion push.
Did you know? Sessegnon is the first player on record outside of the top flight to be nominated for this award.
RAHEEM STERLING (Manchester City)
The England forward established his importance with three late winners during City’s record winning run and is a firm favourite of Guardiola.
Did you know? Sterling ranks joint fourth alongside Leicester striker Jamie Vardy in this season’s Premier League scoring charts.