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TAG Heuer Young Player of the Season nominee: Trent Alexander-Arnold

8 Aug 2020
TAG Young Player of the Season nominee: Trent Alexander-Arnold

Right-back up for award after starring in Liverpool's title-winning campaign, and he was second only to Kevin De Bruyne for assists

The new TAG Heuer Young Player of the Season award celebrates the best-performing player aged 23 or younger at the start of the campaign.

We take a look at the eight stars who shone in 2019/20 and have been nominated for the inaugural award.

Fans had the chance to cast their vote through the TAG Heuer website by 18:00 BST on Monday 10 August. The supporters' vote will be combined with the choices from a panel of experts to decide the winner.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV)

Appearances: 38
Goals: 4
Assists: 13
Clean sheets: 12

The 2019/20 campaign was nothing short of sensational for the flying Liverpool full-back.

A graduate of the club's academy, Alexander-Arnold featured in every match for the Premier League champions.

The 21-year-old provided 13 assists, the second-highest total in the Premier League, while scoring four goals of his own including efforts in both victories over Chelsea.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the pitch, he earned 12 clean sheets for the league's best defence in the campaign.

What the experts say

"He would be my pick because of what he’s doing to that position," says Don Hutchison, who made 220 Premier League appearances for four clubs including Liverpool.

"I’ve only ever seen two or three full-backs in European football as adventurous as Trent. He is in that bracket where he’s taking that position on to a whole new level, a whole new skillset. 

"It's a massive compliment when people talk about Trent changing position because his numbers are so good at right-back that they want more from him in midfield. But I would never be tempted to move him.

"He's got the capabilities but while he’s on that right-hand side, he's up and down and getting crosses, assists, goals."

Young Player shortlist analysis

TAG Heuer Young Player nominee: Jack Grealish
TAG Heuer Young Player nominee: Mason Greenwood
TAG Heuer Young Player nominee: Dean Henderson
TAG Heuer Young Player nominee: Anthony Martial
TAG Heuer Young Player nominee: Mason Mount
TAG Heuer Young Player nominee: Christian Pulisic
TAG Heuer Young Player nominee: Marcus Rashford

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