Tottenham Hotspur have a very promising contingent of young players, which has today been underlined by Kyle Walker-Peters’ inclusion on the shortlist for the Golden Boy award.
The promising young full-back has made just one appearance for Spurs but has caught the eye of the judging panel for this year’s edition of the prestigious award.
Among those registering votes on the winner are German newspaper Bild, Italian outlet Tuttosport, Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo (who have published the full shortlist here) and UK newspaper The Times.
The award is given to the under-21 player who has most impressed in Europe’s top leagues in a calendar year. All of the previous winners are certainly notable, and include Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, Sergio Aguero, Paul Pogba and most recently, Swansea’s on-loan midfielder Renato Sanches.
Walker-Peters is certainly a long-shot for the award given his lack of game time, but it’s a step in the right direction for the youngster, and will give him great encouragement when he is next called upon by Mauricio Pochettino.
No Spurs player has ever won the award, but White Hart Lane favourite Rafael van der Vaart was the inaugural winner back in 2003, when he was playing for Ajax.