Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford are among the protagonists in the Golden Boy winner betting market...
"The Golden Boy was introduced by Italy’s Tuttosport in 2003 and is voted for by newspapers across the continent, with two of the 13 prior victors hailing from England in Wayne Rooney (2004) and Raheem Sterling (2014)."
It might not have been a momentous week for the England national team, but the two youngest members of the squad taken to Euro 2016 have not only both been nominated for the prestigious Golden Boy award, they are among the three frontrunners to win it.
Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford are 6/1 joint-second favourites after spectacular years. The 20-year-old midfielder was named in the PFA Team of the Year in his first ever Premier League campaign, having been in the League One edition for MK Dons in 2014/15 before joining Tottenham.
Rashford meanwhile made his Manchester United debut out of nowhere in February, scoring a brace against Midtjylland in the Europa League and following up three days later with another double against Arsenal on his Premier League bow.
Eight goals in the final three months of the season earned him a rapid Three Lions call, and he delivered debut strikes for both the seniors and U21s. Louis van Gaal's successor Jose Mourinho initially seemed keen on minimising his role, yet he has started the last two games in both the Premier League and Europa League and has notched four times already this term.
The Golden Boy was introduced by Italy's Tuttosport in 2003 and is voted for by newspapers across the continent, with two of the 13 prior victors hailing from England in Wayne Rooney (2004) and Raheem Sterling (2014).
Six of the latest 12 recipients played for Premier League clubs at the time, including 2015's star turn Anthony Martial, and, with Man City's Leroy Sane fourth favourite at 8/1 and colleague Kelechi Iheanacho eighth in line at 28/1, there are plenty of opportunities for a seventh to surface.
The clear 4/6 market leader though is Renato Sanches. The 19-year-old hasn't featured too prominently since his summer move to Bayern Munich, but excelled prior to that.
The midfielder was named Primeira Liga Breakthrough Player of 2015/16 for his work with Benfica and built on that with Young Player of the Tournament recognition for Portugal as they triumphed at Euro 2016, with the prospect named man of the match in two knockout phase encounters.