Nigerian youngsters Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi have both been shortlisted for the 2016 Golden Boy awards, an award that is given to the most outstanding young player in Europe.
The duo has been terrific for their clubs since promoted to the first team last season, and have also both had impressive starts to the new campaign.
The award was founded by Italian newspaper, Tuttosport in 2003, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Paul Pogba all previous winners, with Manchester United’s Anthony Martial claiming the prize last year.
Iheanacho’s Manchester City are currently flying high this season, and are yet to lose a game with the 19-year old already contributing with goals for the Citizens both in the Premier League and in the Champions League.
Iwobi’s Arsenal have also had a good last couple of weeks, having started the season with a home loss to Liverpool and the Nigeria international has returned from injury to be reclaim his spot as a first team regular for the Gunners.
Other players nominated for the award are: Dele Alli, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Marko Grujic and Leroy Sane.
Other notable names include Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma, Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele and Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman and Renato Sanches.
More Premier League interest comes in the form of Leicester’s Demarai Gray, Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen Nathan, on loan at Vitesse, and City’ Olivier Ntcham, on loan at Genoa.