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PFA Young Player of the Year: Nine past winners who show it’s not that accurate, with Arsenal & Liverpool flops

With the PFA awards edging nearer, there will be plenty of talk about Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane as he looks the favourite to win it – but is it always a sign of success for the future?

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Yes, the likes of Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Steven Gerrard and Ryan Giggs are among its previous winners, but there have also been some less spectacular players along the way…

1) Nicolas Anelka (Arsenal, 1998/99)

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A player who looked incredible as a teenager for Arsenal, Nicolas Anelka did still go on to have a decent Premier League career, though he often struggled for consistency and was more notable for his attitude problems, never truly looking like one who would win the senior version of the prize.

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