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TAG Heuer Young Player of the Season nominee: Jack Grealish

8 Aug 2020
TAG Heuer Young Player of the Season nominee: Jack Grealish

Aston Villa's captain led his side to safety with a host of talismanic performances and is one of eight contenders vying for the new award

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. 

Jack Gealish (AVL)

Appearances: 36
Goals: 8
Assists: 6

The talismanic 24-year-old captain led by example as Aston Villa battled relegation all season and eventually achieved safety.

On the ball Grealish was the key creator. He scored eight goals, provided six assists and set a Premier League record by being fouled 167 times during the campaign.

Off the ball, he won two-thirds of his tackles, recovered possession 188 times and blocked 18 shots.

On the final day, it was Grealish who scored Villa's goal in the 1-1 draw with West Ham United that kept them up.

What the experts say

"Jack Grealish is so integral to Aston Villa," says the club's former manager Tim Sherwood

"He played injured for a large part of the season to make sure they achieved what they did. It is largely because of him that Aston Villa are in the Premier League again.

"He is a special player. He picks the ball up anywhere on the pitch, he can take it in tight areas, go both ways, is strong and a good dribbler. He is the nearest thing I have seen to Paul Gascoigne."

Young Player shortlist analysis

TAG Heuer Young Player nominee: Trent Alexander-Arnold
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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