Bukayo Saka is one of eight players to be nominated for the Premier League Player of the Season award.
The 20-year-old is the youngest name on the shortlist which includes Mo Salah, Kevin De Bruyne, Son Heung-min, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jarrod Bowen, James Ward-Prowse and Joao Cancelo.
While the award is likely to go to either Salah or De Bruyne – the former already picked up the Football Writers’ Award – it’s great that Saka, who has scored 11 goals and made 6 assists in 36 appearances, has been recognised for his stellar efforts.
Responsibility for picking the winner is split between a panel (made up of former players, managers and referees, broadcasters, fans, officials and sponsors) and a public vote.
Saka became the first player born in the 21st century to play in a Premier League match when he made his debut under Unai Emery on 1 January 2019 and it’s fair to say he’s gone from strength to strength ever since.
Bouncing back from his penalty miss in the European Championships final last summer, the winger has been Arsenal’s most consistent performer this campaign with his attacking contribution vital to the club’s challenge for a Champions League place.
The Premier League is yet to announce its shortlist for its Young Player of the Season award but we’d expect Saka and a couple of other Gunners will make that shortlist too.