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Golden boy award nominees: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Man Utd & Real Madrid stars feature on 40-man list

Voting for the 2016 Golden Boy award is now underway after Tuttosport named the 40 players who have been shortlisted.

Journalists from around Europe will now have their say to decide who will then join the likes of Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and 2016 Golden Boy Anthony Martial on the list of winners.

An impressive 22.5% of the nominees are based in England, with representitives from Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City and both Manchester clubs.

Arsenal’s man is 20-year-old attacking midfielder Alex Iwobi, who broke onto the first-team scene last season and has started the 2016-17 campaign in fine form, with three assists in four Premier League outings.

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is unlikely to win, having only played four Prem games in the last one and a bit seasons. The same can be said of Chelsea loanee Nathan, who is currently in Holland with Vitesse, having yet to play for the Blues.

Conversely, Tottenham’s Dele Alli must surely be considered a frontrunner for the award, having established himself as a star man for both club and country in the past 12 months.

Although he has played much less often than Alli, Marcus Rashford has also had a big impact at both club and international levels, scoring goals for fun, including on his Manchester United and England debuts.

Marcus Rashford England

Manchester City have two players on the shortlist. The first is Kelechi Iheanacho, who has scored 10 Prem goals since the start of last season, despite only starting nine games. Iheanacho is joined on the list by City summer signing Leroy Sane, who has yet to start a game for City, but made a big name for himself at former club Schalke.

Like Sane, Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic has presumably been picked based on his pre-move exploits. The Serbian 20-year-old was a key player as Red Star Belgrade won their domestic league last season.

The final English-based nominee is Leicester City winger Demarai Gray, who scored a wonderful goal at Old Trafford last weekend.

Away from England, Real Madrid are represented by Marco Asensio, but no current players from La Liga rivals Barcelona make the list, which you can see in full below.

Golden boy award nominees

Leon Bailey (Ghent)

Youri Tielemans (Anderlecht)

Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen)

Andreas Christensen (Borussia Monchengladbach)

Mahmoud Dahoud (Borussia Monchengladbach)

Kingsley Coman (Bayern)

Ousmane Dembele (Dortmund)

Breel Embolo (Schalke)

Alen Halilovic (Hamburg)

Renato Sanches (Bayern)

Jonathan Tah (Leverkusen)

Ante Coric (Dinamo Zagreb)

Riechedley Bazoer (Ajax)

Nathan (Vitesse)

Jairo Riedewald (Ajax)

Marco Asensio (Real Madrid)

Carlos Fernandez (Sevilla)

Lucas Hernandez (Atletico)

Tony Sanabria (Betis)

Gabriel Boschilia (Monaco)

Emmanuel Mammana (Lyon)

Almamy Toure (Monaco)

Goncalo Guedes (Benfica)

Ruben Neves (Porto)

Dele Alli (Tottenham)

Demarai Gray (Leicester)

Marko Grujic (Liverpool)

Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City)

Leroy Sane (Manchester City)

Alex Iwobi (Arsenal)

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea)

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)

Aleksandr Golovin (CSKA Moscow)

Moussa Dembele (Celtic)

Amadou Diawara (Napoli)

Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan)

Gabriel Barbosa (Inter)

Olivier Ntcham (Genoa)

Viktor Kovalenko (Shakhtar)

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