CSKA Moscow defender Georgy Schennikov is among the nominees for the Golden Boy award, presented to Europe’s best young footballer of the year by Italy’s Tuttosport newspaper.
Schennikov was named the Russian Premier League’s top newcomer in 2009, but played just 14 games for the Armymen this season due to an injury, from which the 20-year-old still hasn’t recovered.
Thirty-nin other Under 21 players – including Mario Gotze of Borussia Dortmund, Lille’s Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea, Arsenal’s Jack Wilshire and Man United man Phil Jones – will be his rivals for the prestigious prize.
The Golden Boy award will be handed out for the ninth time this year, with Manchester City troublemaker Mario Balotelli winning in 2010.
The voting for this year’s winner is open on Tuttosport’s website.