Bukayo Saka’s rise to prominence continues with news that he’s made the 20-man shortlist for the 2020 Golden Boy award.
Run by the Italian publication Tuttosport, the award, selected by European football journalists, recognises the best footballer under the age of 21 playing in Europe.
Gabriel Martinelli, William Saliba and Trae Coyle did well to make the 100-man shortlist but have since fallen by the wayside.
When you look at who is left, it’s easy to see why; Saka, who earned his first senior cap for England last week, faces serious competition for the gong.
This time last year, Matteo Guendouzi reached the same stage. To date, the only Gunner to win the prize is Cesc Fabregas; he did so in 2006.
Mitchel Bakker, PSG
Eduardo Camavinga, Rennes
Jonathan David, Lille
Alphonso Davies, Bayern Munich
Sergiño Dest, Barcelona
Fabio Silva, Wolves
Ansu Fati, Barcelono
Phil Foden, Manchester City
Ryan Gravenberch, Ajax
Mason Greenwood, Manchester United
Erling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund
Callum Hudson-Odoi, Bayern Munich
Deyan Kulusevski, Juventus
Rodrygo, Real Madrid
Bukayo Saka, Arsenal
Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund
Dominik Szoboszlai, Red Bull Salzburg
Sandro Tonali, Brescia
Ferran Torres, Manchester City
Vinicius, Real Madrid