The Premier League’s 17 Golden Boy nominees: Foden, Woodburn, Trent…
Italian newspaper Tutto founded the award which recognises the best young talent in Europe, with the likes of Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney among previous winners.
Each month, the 100-name list will be whittled down by 20 players, until 20 remain ahead of the final round of voting in November. Justin Kluivert, Christian Pulisic and last year’s winner Kylian Mbappe are among the notable nominees, though there has never been a two-time winner of the award.
Taking a closer look at the 2018 longlist, we’ve cast our eye over the Premier League’s future talents which have been included.
Alexander-Arnold burst onto the scene in 2017 under Jurgen Klopp and eventually forced his way into Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.
The full-back, who can also line up in midfield, became the youngest Liverpool player, and the youngest Englishman, to play in a European Cup final as he started the 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid.
At the age of 17, Gomes made his Manchester United debut at the end of the 2016-17 season, becoming the club’s youngest player since 1953 and the first player born in the 2000s to line up in the Premier League.
The England youth international reportedly attracted interest from Barcelona earlier in his career and is actually Nani’s godson.
Spanish winger Diaz has made 11 first-team appearances for Manchester City so far, including five in the title-winning 2017-18 campaign.
He joined City as a 16-year-old, signing from Malaga for £200,000, and made his Spain Under-21 debut as an 18-year-old in 2017.
Davies first appeared for Everton in April 2016 and has since made 70 appearances for the Toffees before his 20th birthday at the end of June.
The energetic midfielder missed just five of Everton’s Premier League matches last season and is held in high regard both at Goodison Park and among the England youth ranks.
Full-back Dalot joined Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United from Porto for £19million in June 2018, having made six appearances in Porto’s title-winning campaign as a 19-year-old.
Dubbed a “mini Messi” by Mauricio Pochettino, Edwards played just once in three months on loan at Norwich last season and is reportedly seeking a move away from parent club Tottenham as he becomes frustrated at a lack of first-team football.
Foden earned widespread attention for captaining England to their Under-17 World Cup win in 2017, winning the Golden Ball award in the process.
He broke into Pep Guardiola’s first-team towards the end of the 2017-18 campaign, making the magic total of five appearances to earn a Premier League winner’s medal, becoming the youngest ever player to do so.
Happy 18th birthday to Phil Foden.
🏆 U17 World Cup winner
🏆 U17 World Cup Golden Ball
🏆 BBC Young Sports Personality
🏆 League Cup
🏆 Premier League
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— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 28, 2018
Versatile Dutchman Fosu-Mensah started 17 times in the Premier League for Crystal Palace last season in a loan spell from Manchester United, earning his first cap for the Netherlands in the process.
“It’s been great to play for a beautiful club like Palace in the Premier League – it was just amazing,” he said. The question is now whether he can force his way into Jose Mourinho’s first-team plans.
Mauricio Pochettino spent £8million on centre-back Foyth in the summer of 2017, but the 20-year-old has featured in only cup games so far for Spurs.
Former Arsenal defender Nelson Vivas actually gave Foyth his first senior start and he has become known for his ability to play the ball out the back.
Another member of England’s Under-17 World Cup winning squad, Hudson-Odoi has also won two FA Youth Cups with Chelsea’s famously successful youngsters.
The striker has made four senior appearances for the Blues despite being yet to reach his 18th birthday, but reports suggest he could be interested in a move to Monaco if a favourable new deal at Stamford Bridge doesn’t materialise.
He is the second-youngest player out of all 100 nominees and one of just four born after the turn of the millennium.
All this talk about Mbappe. Next world cup England going to have their own starboy. Callum Hudson Odoi. Remember the name. pic.twitter.com/O8sf9HmLyT
— Leo Sat (@ItsMrBlueGuy) June 30, 2018
Midfielder Kane progressed leaps and bounds under Steven Gerrard throughout the 2017-18 Under-23 campaign, regularly captaining Liverpool’s youngsters.
This has obviously led to him being labelled “the next Gerrard” due to his range of passing and eye for a spectacular goal or two, and Kane is becoming a regular member of Jurgen Klopp’s first-team training sessions.
Another young Spaniard progressing under Guardiola at Manchester City, Garcia has spent the last 18 months on loan at Dutch side NAC Breda.
He actually made four appearances, including his Premier League debut as well as a League Cup goal, in the 2015-16 campaign, and has gone on to play 46 times in Holland, helping Breda to promotion to the Eredivisie in 2017 and lining up in the top flight last term.
Yet to make an appearance at Arsenal, versatile forward Mavididi has played all his football in loan spells at Charlton and Preston, returning to Charlton for a second spell in January and scoring his first professional goals in League One.
Manager Karl Robinson described him as “quick, powerful and skilful” and the 20-year-old is making natural progression through the England youth set-up, currently with the Under-20 squad.
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— Charlton Athletic FC (@CAFCofficial) January 7, 2018
Nelson was named the Premier League 2 Player of the Season for the 2017-18 campaign, which also saw him feature heavily in Arsenal’s first-team.
Half of his 16 appearances came in the Europa League, while he also came off the bench at Wembley in the Community Shield.
Nmecha top-scored in the PL2 this season, netting 13 times for Manchester City’s young side and also making two substitute appearances in the Premier League.
The Hamburg-born forward played a vital role in England’s Under-19 European Championship win, scoring the match-winning goals in both the semi-final and final.
While he spent the second half of last season on loan at Ligue 1 side Angers, French midfielder Adelaide has made eight senior appearances for parent club Arsenal – all in cup competitions.
He featured 10 times in France’s top flight, helping Angers climb from 19th to a mid-table finish.
Woodburn is set for a bright future at Liverpool, having become the club’s third-youngest player ever in 2016 before netting a belter on his international debut for Wales the following year.
He has seven full caps to his name despite being just 18 years of age, becoming his country’s second-youngest goalscorer ever, to go with his record as Liverpool’s youngest ever scorer.