Haaland, Saka and Odegaard lead EPL Young Player of the Season nominees

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The Premier League have announced an eight-man shortlist for their Young Player of the Season – with Arsenal leading the way with three names nominated.

The 2022-23 campaign was the year when a handful of young talents got to showcase their ability – with 22-year-old Erling Haaland arguably the standout name after blitzing his way to 36 goals in 33 Premier League games.

He makes the list as the only name from Manchester City despite their incredible season as they look to seal the Premier League title with a win against Chelsea this weekend.

Likely runners-up Arsenal have still had a terrific season despite falling away in the title race and their core of young stars have helped them back into the top four for the first time since 2017 – which has been recognised in the shortlist.

Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka, both 21, and Martin Odegaard – who is 24 but started the season aged 23 – all make the selection.

Martinelli has wowed with 15 goals and five assists, while Saka has 13 goals and 11 assists. Gunners skipper Odegaard boasts 15 goals and seven assists – with all three combining to make Arsenal one of the most feared teams this campaign.

Also representing their clubs were Brighton duo Moises Caicedo and Alexis Mac Allister.

The two midfielders have been key men under Roberto De Zerbi this season – with Caicedo impressive with his all-action, combative displays in the middle of the park. He’s enjoyed 31 starts, playing 2,826 minutes and has given the Seagulls a real presence as the engine room of their team.

As for Mac Allister, he’s netted ten times and his performances are already rumoured to be creating interest from the likes of Liverpool.

Completing the list were another duo from Newcastle – Sven Botman and Alexander Isak. Botman has won plaudits for his brave and aggressive displays in the heart of defence while Isak has made a quick impression since joining from Real Sociedad – scoring 10 goals in 14 starts.

There are no names from Manchester United on the list – despite some hopeful Red Devils supporters tipping Alejandro Garnacho for a spot on the list.

And Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham also had no representatives after their turbulent campaigns.

Young Player shortlist

Sven Botman (NEW)

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In his first Premier League season, Dutch defender Botman, 23, has impressed at the back for high-flying Newcastle United, making 33 appearances and contributing to 10 clean sheets.

Moises Caicedo (BHA)

P33 W17 D7 L9 G1 A1

The 21-year-old Ecuadorian has been one of 2022/23’s standout midfielders. He has made the second-most tackles in the division and impressed while playing as a makeshift right-back for Brighton & Hove Albion.

Erling Haaland (MCI)

P33 W25 D4 L4 G36 A7

At just 22 years of age, the Norwegian has scored 36 goals in his debut Premier League season, the most by any player in a single campaign in the competition’s history.

Alexander Isak (NEW)

P19 W9 D5 L5 G10 A1

The Swedish forward, 23, has produced 11 goal involvements in only 19 matches of his debut PL season. Who could forget his sensational dribble to help set up Jacob Murphy’s goal at Everton?

Alexis Mac Allister (BHA)

P31 W15 D7 L9 G10 A1

Mac Allister, who turned 24 in December, has had a remarkable campaign which has included winning the FIFA World Cup with Argentina. He has 11 PL goal involvements and has been pivotal to an impressive Brighton side.

Gabriel Martinelli (ARS)

P36 W25 D6 L5 G15 A5

The Brazilian is the joint-highest scorer of Arsenal’s brilliant season, scoring 15 goals and setting up a further five at the age of just 21. Only two players can better his 63 completed dribbles.

Martin Odegaard (ARS)

P35 W24 D6 L5 G15 A7

The Norwegian has led by example, captaining Arsenal at the age of 24 throughout a titanic title battle with Manchester City, scoring 15 goals and setting up a further seven from midfield.

Bukayo Saka (ARS)

P36 W25 D6 L5 G13 A11

Aged just 21, Saka has played the most minutes of any Arsenal attacker throughout their title-challenging campaign. He has reached double figures for goals and assists, one of only two players to do so, with his 11 assists being the second-most in the division.

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