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Saka, Davies, Fati Nominated In 2020 Golden Boy Award 40-Man Shortlist

Arsenal winger of Nigerian descent Bukayo Saka has been nominated alongside Bayern Munich left-back Alphonso Davies and Barcelona’s Ansu Fati in the the 40-man shortlist for the 2020 Golden Boy award.

The trio are among the 40 names confirmed on Wednesday from the list of 100 which was originally drawn up in June.

Saka’s outstanding performance in the 2019/2020 season saw him voted Arsenal’s third best player.

He scored four goals and provided twelve assists last season.

Davies was outstanding for Bayern who secured the treble making them the second European club (after Barcelona) to achieve the feat.

Other players who made the 40-man shortlist are Phil Foden of Manchester City, Mason Greenwood of Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund duo Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland.

The Golden Boy award honours the best young player under 21 in Europe for the calendar year.

The award established by Italian newspaper Tuttosport in 2003 and its winner is determined by votes from 40 journalists across the continent.

Portugal and Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix claimed the award last year. 

Past winners include Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Mario Balotelli and Kylian Mbappe.

See the full 40-man shortlist below:

Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes)

Marco Carnesecchi (Atalanta)

Rayan Cherki (Lyon)

Jonathan David (Lille)

Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich)

Sergino Dest (Ajax)

Sebastiano Esposito (Inter)

Fabio Silva (Wolves)

Ansu Fati (Barcelona)

Phil Foden (Manchester City)

Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax)

Amine Gouiri (Nice)

Mason Greenwood (Man United)

Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)

Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea)

Marley Ake (Marseille)

Adil Aouchiche (Saint-Etienne)

Benoit Badiashile (Monaco)

Mitchel Bakker (Paris Saint-Germain)

Myron Badou (AZ Alkmaar)

Dennis Borkowski (RB Leipzig)

Mohamed Ihattaren (PSV Eindhoven)

Ozan Kabak (Schalke)

Michal Karbownik (Legia)

Tanguy-Austin Kouassi (Bayern Munich)

Dejan Kulusevski (Juventus)

Marcos Antonio (Shakhtar Donetsk)

Rafael Camacho (Sporting Club)

Rodrygo (Real Madrid)

Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)

Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)

Vladyslav Suprjaha (Dynamo Kiev)

Dominik Szoboszlai (FC Salzburg)

Tomas Esteves (Porto)

Tomas Tavares (Benfica)

Sandro Tonali (AC Milan)

Ferran Torres (Manchester City)

Christos Tzolis (PAOK)

Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid)

Neco Williams (Liverpool)

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