Two Nigerian players Kelechi Iheanacho and Moses Simon are in the 40-man strong shortlist to be crowned as Europe’s best young player.
Iheanacho has been impressive for Manchester City since his remarkable debut for the Citizens against Crystal Palace and Simon on his part played a big part in Gent wining the Belgium League title last term.
Dubbed the Golden Boy Award, the award is given by sports journalists to a young football player playing in Europe perceived to have been the most impressive during a season. All nominees must be under the age of 21 and play in a European nation’s top tier.
The award was founded by Italian publication Tuttosport in 2003 with Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, Mario Gotze, Paul Pogba and Raheem Sterling as past winners.
Aside the earlier mentioned duo, there are a handful of other players of Nigerian descent also listed, they include Jordon Ibe who is joined by Tottenham teenager Dele Alli.
Already Manchester City through their official twitter handle have congratulated Iheanacho for his nomination for the Golden Boy Award.
“Congratulations to Kelechi Iheanacho and Jason Denayer on making the 2015 Golden Boy shortlist!” the club tweeted.
The winner of the award, voted for by journalists from 30 newspapers around the world, will be announced in December.
The full shortlist:
Premier League: Nathan Ake (Watford; on loan from Chelsea), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal), Jordon Ibe (Liverpool), Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Divock Origi (Liverpool), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Adama Traoré (Aston Villa).
La Liga: Marco Asensio (Espanyol), Zakaria Bakkali (Valencia), Ángel Correa (Atlético Madrid), Danilo Barbosa (Valencia), Munir El Haddadi (Barcelona), Alen Halilovic (Barcelona), Sandro Ramírez (Barcelona),
Bundesliga: Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Dahoud Mahmoud (Borussia M’gladbach), Francisco Rodríguez (Wolsfburg), Pierre-Emile Hojberg (Schalke), Adnan Januzaj (Borussia Dortmund; on loan from Manchester United), Max Meyer (Schalke),
Serie A: Ricardo Kishna (Lazio), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Alessio Romagnoli (Milan)
Ligue 1: Mario Pasalic (Monaco; on loan from Chelsea), Adrien Rabiot (PSG), Adama Traoré (Monaco)
Turkish Super Lig: Jason Denayer (Galatasaray; on loan from Manchester City)
Dutch Eredivise: Anwar El Ghazi (Ajax Amsterdam), Gaston Pereiro (PSV), Tonny Vilhena (Feyenoord)
Portuguese Primeira Liga: Goncalo Guedes (Benfica), Ruben Neves (Porto)
Kazakhstan Premier League: Nemanja Maksimovic (Astana)
Croatian Prva Liga: Marko Pajca (Dinamo Zagreb)
Belgian Jupiler Pro league: Moses Simon (KAA Gent), Youri Tielemans (Anderlecht)
Serbian SuperLiga: Andrija Zivkovic (Partizan Belgrade)