Who Will Win PFA Young Player Of The Year?

Who Will Win PFA Young Player Of The Year?
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In this article, we look at the latest betting odds from the best football betting sites and see which young players are likely to be in contention for this prestigious award.

There are plenty of familiar names near the top of the market and it will be interesting to see how the prices change along the way.

2021 PFA Young Player Of The Year Betting Odds

Phil Foden2/1
Mason Greenwood7/2
Bukayo Saka8/1
Reece James10/1
Jadon Sancho12/1
Emile Smith-Rowe12/1

Foden Favourite to Win Two Awards on the Trot

Phil Foden is promising to now live up to his long-awaited potential at the Etihad Stadium. The 21-year-old has had to bide his time for first-team opportunities over the past few seasons, although he is now not only a first-team regular for Manchester City but also turning out for England on a frequent basis and seemingly has the world at his feet.

Given that Foden has started to sparkle recently for City along with the fact that he won this award last season, it’s little surprise to find the Stockport-born star trading as betting favourite with the top betting sites to win the overall vote this time around. He was especially impressive in a recent 2-2 draw at Anfield, causing problems for a strong Liverpool defence and finding the net with a smart finish.

Could Greenwood Win First Young Player Award?

Manchester United are in a bit of a mess right now, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer struggling to find the right balance at Old Trafford. However, the Red Devils’ most consistent performer has been Mason Greenwood who has held his place in the team despite the arrival of Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo during the last transfer window.

Greenwood has proved already this season that he’s a superb finisher, with the forward finding the net with arrow-like precision at the King Power Stadium recently, with the 20-year-old having hardly featured for England but he’s heavily likely to be in the World Cup squad next winter given his current trajectory.


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Saka Another England Star Who Could Be on Shortlist

Bukayo Saka effectively took Foden’s place during Euro 2020 last summer, with the Arsenal wide man getting more game time than many England fans anticipated. Although it ended in tears for a player who excited in a wide position, it’s clear that the 20-year-old is now one of the most prized assets at the Emirates Stadium and we’re excited to see how his season pans out.

The slight issue for Saka when it comes to challenging for this award is that he plays for a team who are proving to be inconsistent, often failing to live up to their billing as favourites in their Premier League match odds. That might hinder the chances of a player who broke into the first team by operating in a defensive position but is now playing further up the pitch.

Will Sancho Live Up to Hype at Old Trafford?

Jadon Sancho was on the books at Manchester City before defecting to Borussia Dortmund and carving out an impressive reputation in the German Bundesliga. Great things were expected of the wide man when completing a big money move to Manchester United in the summer, although things haven’t materialised on the pitch.

Perhaps Sancho wasn’t anticipating an even bigger fanfare in the form of Cristiano Ronaldo’s grand return, with the former having to sit out on a number of occasions and he’s so far failed to make a big impact with the Red Devils. Nevertheless, he’s sure to be a market mover should things start to click for a player who bagged plenty of goals and assists for Dortmund.

Reece James Set to Shine For Chelsea This Term

Many thought Reece James might get the opportunity to feature for England during Euro 2020 after an excellent performance against Manchester City in last season’s Champions League final. However, like Ben Chilwell, the right back was mainly a spectator during the matches and he’s now scrapping for a place in the Chelsea team.

James is a quality defender who loves to get forward like all modern right-backs. The biggest issue is that Cesar Azpilicueta often occupies that role and it means that James’ opportunities have been limited this season, although he’s sure to get lots of opportunities.

Emile Smith-Rowe Another Gunner Competing For Big Award

Emile Smith-Rowe had something of a breakthrough season last term where he was one of the reasons for Arsenal fans to be cheerful. Although his performances didn’t quite earn him an England call-up, he will surely be in Gareth Southgate’s plans for the 2022 World Cup.

Having enjoyed loan spells at RB Leipzig and Huddersfield, it now appears that he’s part of the first team on a long-term basis at the Emirates.