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TAG Heuer Young Player of the Season nominee: Christian Pulisic

8 Aug 2020
TAG Heuer Young Player of the Season nominee: Christian Pulisic

Chelsea's American midfielder has made a big impact in his debut Premier League campaign and is shortlisted for 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.

Christian Pulisic (CHE)

Appearances: 25
Goals: 9
Assists: 4

The American cemented a place in the Chelsea line-up and played a key role as the Blues earned a top-four finish.

A perfect hat-trick at Burnley in October showed his class, and the 21-year-old was a key figure after the season resumed in June, earning comparisons with former Chelsea winger Eden Hazard.

Pulisic scored four goals in the run-in behind closed doors, including strikes against Manchester City and Liverpool, while he assisted the winner over Norwich City.

What the experts say

"He's got that confidence now, that arrogance," says Don Hutchison, who made 220 Premier League appearances for four clubs including Liverpool.

"There's not many people in the Premier League that can take the ball at their feet and take players on and dribble past people with ease like Christian Pulisic does.

"It's difficult to compare him [to Eden Hazard], because they're both their own characters, but they’re quite similar.

"I don't think Hazard in his first season at Chelsea was as good as maybe Pulisic was this season. He’s certainly on the right path to being close to Eden Hazard’s level."

Young Player shortlist analysis

TAG Heuer Young Player nominee: Trent Alexander-Arnold
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: Marcus Rashford

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