The 2008/09 PFA Young Player of the Year Shortlist Was Full of Rubbish Players

Jude Summerfield

Dele Alli is widely expected to win the PFA Young Player of the Year.

The Tottenham midfielder has matured as a player this season, taking responsibility in front of goal during Harry Kane's absence and scoring 16 Premier League goals, an incredible feat for an attacking midfielder.


Alli is joined on the shortlist by Spurs team-mate Harry Kane, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku,  Burnley defender Michael Keane, Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and Man City winger Leroy Sane.

However, it remains incredibly important not to get carried away by the talents of Alli, given that it's still a very sobering thought to remember that Ashley Young and Gabriel Agbonlahor were once billed as the future of English football during their time at Aston Villa.

The two forwards have gone on to experience contrasting careers. Young has won Premier League titles with Manchester United, but has probably not fulfilled his potential, while Agbonlahor was recently struggling for match fitness at Villa and has managed just 11 Championship appearances this season.

Manchester City v Hull City - Premier League
Manchester City v Hull City - Premier League

The pair were included on the 2008-09 PFA Young Player of the Year shortlist, alongside a host of particularly average Premier League players. 

Jonny Evans made just 17 Premier League appearances for Manchester United during the 2008-09 season, but that was enough to earn the Northern Irishman a nomination, while Stephen Ireland's nine goals for Manchester City resulted in his nod.

Aaron Lennon grabbed five strikes for Tottenham during the season as Spurs finished eighth and that achievement was recognised with a nomination, while Rafael became a regular at United as they won the Premier League.

The shortlist is a far cry from this season's nominations, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Romelu Lukaku head and shoulders above their 2008-09 counterparts.

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