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TAG Heuer Young Player of the Season nominee: Mason Greenwood

8 Aug 2020
TAG Heuer Young Player of the Season nominee: Mason Greenwood

Teenage forward scored five goals in Man Utd's final eight matches to secure a place on the shortlist for the inaugural 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.

Mason Greenwod (MUN)

Appearances: 31
Goals: 10
Assists: 1

The 18-year-old forward had a breakthrough season, starting the final eight Premier League matches and scoring five times as Manchester United grabbed a top-four finish.

Greenwood hit 10 top-flight goals in total during the campaign, with those coming from 39 shots, of which 20 were on target.

He became the first teenager to hit double figures for goals in a Premier League season since Wayne Rooney's breakthrough campaign at Old Trafford in 2004/05.

The Man Utd striker boasted an impressive shot accuracy of 51 per cent and, of the nine matches he scored in, the Red Devils won six and drew the other three.

Greenwood's goals in all competitions
What the experts say

“I think he's destined to be a superstar," says Don Hutchison, who made 220 Premier League appearances for four clubs including Liverpool.

"Everyone I speak to - ex-Man Utd players, legends like Paul Scholes, Phil Neville and Ryan Giggs - all say he’ll come in from that position on the right-hand side and he’ll play as the No 9.

"There have been comparisons with Robin van Persie because of his running style and he’s obviously left-footed, and the way he runs, his pace.

"I love that for a youngster he’s so ruthless in front of goal. You don’t often see that. Youngsters normally take a bit of time to gain that confidence."

Young Player shortlist analysis

TAG Heuer Young Player nominee: Trent Alexander-Arnold
TAG Heuer Young Player nominee: Jack Grealish
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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