The footballing world has met the 2019/2020 Premier League Young Player of the Season award nomination with mixed reactions.
Naija News reports that the players nominated in the list released on Friday, 7th August are Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool, Jack Grealish of Aston Villa, Mason Greenwood of Manchester United, Dean Henderson of Sheffield United, Anthony Martial of Manchester United, Mason Mount of Chelsea, Christian Pulisic of Chelsea and Marcus Rashford of Manchester United.
Similarly, Arsenal captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was left out of the nominations for the premier league player of the season award.
After the lists were released by the Premier League authorities, many football fans took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter to express their displeasure over the non-inclusion of Arsenal youngster, Bukayo Saka, and their captain Aubmeyang.
It is understood that Saka was left out of the list primarily because of his age, not because he didn’t perform well on the field and many football fans believe an injustice has been done to the player.
See some reactions:
How on earth is Saka not on this list!!
— Michael Smith (@michaelsmitty) August 7, 2020
Absolute state of the @premierleague leaving out Saka. 18 with 39 appearances, four goals and 11 assists.
I hope he picks Nigeria. pic.twitter.com/sjkMXVMd0i
— Daily Cannon (@DailyCannon) August 7, 2020
This is clearly an agenda against arsenal you can’t tell me any different please
I’m not even saying saka can win but honestly he has been playing incredibly in several positions and deserves at least a nomination ffs!!
— Alexis (@som_teeeee) August 7, 2020
No Auba, no Saka, bad refereeing decisions all season. How obvious do they want to make the anti-Arsenal agenda? pic.twitter.com/tU63EMJVnL
— Mikel Artekkers (@MikelArtekkers) August 7, 2020
the fact that Martial and Grealish, players who have been around for almost 5 years at this point, are nommed for YPOTY ahead of Rice and Saka shows that the PL need to change it to U22’s or something like that
— Tom Quirke (@tom_quirke01) August 7, 2020
They never loved us!
Gave us unfair judgements all through 19/20 season and yet Saka couldn’t make it here!
And Auba with 22 goals in 36 apps in 19/20 couldn’t make it in POTY??
— B.C.E (@Brightblake_) August 7, 2020
The fact that SAKA isn’t there shows u nolonger smoke Weed, instead u smoke CoronaVirus
Wtf, u really have no shame pic.twitter.com/oFk1z9RDDr
— Gen Z (@GenZ17196689) August 7, 2020
Anthony Martial was signed by Manchester United 5 years ago for £54m. Nobody is denying that he had an impressive season, but nominating him for the YPOTY award over Bukayo Saka – who is 6 years younger than him – sums up exactly what it wrong with the selection process.
— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) August 7, 2020
I’m not saying he should win, but the fact that Bukayo Saka hasn’t even been nominated for the YPOTS shows how much the media hate Arsenal. 18 years old and playing incredibly in several positions. Surely he deserves a spot in the top 8? https://t.co/wQgOMlDcfo
— Max. (@AFCMax9) August 7, 2020
Jack Grealish turns 25 next month. Anthony Martial in December. Both have had great seasons but they’re not young players anymore.
And yes, it’s a bit weird that Bukayo Saka isn’t on this list. https://t.co/6eHjIITScx
— James Benge (@jamesbenge) August 7, 2020
Saka did his best but he hasn’t been nominated wtfpic.twitter.com/Xh725d3hcX
— its Amøh (@ItsAmh3) August 7, 2020
24 year olds considers as young players? ! I’m a fucking baby then! Where the fuck is sakalinho? Bukayo saka??? pic.twitter.com/ONXu4lMY9v
— Sir Dariem III (@dariemjnr3) August 7, 2020
Still trying to figure out how 24 year old is among the nominees for YPOTY while 18 year old Saka isn’t pic.twitter.com/eD0XWKy5Hm
— Brian (@brayo254_) August 7, 2020
Saka has the 3rd most assists behind De Bruyne and TAA (all comps) on his debut season
But hey lets nominate 24 year old Anthony Martial over 18 year old Saka to win the YPOTS
The agenda against Arsenal is real. Aubameyang didn’t even get a POTY nomination.
— (@SaucyyPepe) August 7, 2020
LOOOL, first no Saka in the YPOTY, and then no Auba in POTY. These lot trying their hardest to show their agenda ffs https://t.co/4QY82zfG1x
— ً (@Hamza_AFC) August 7, 2020
No Foden or Saka on the award list?
Needless to say that Greenwood is clear of them all .#MUFC
— Samuel Oluwalana (@mastersamsun) August 7, 2020
There are however some others who believe the list is okay and have started picking their preferred player for the win.
Arsenal fans lamenting like the Saka Nomination will be added to their trophy cabinet. Its just a nomination na.
— Fola (@manlikefola_) August 7, 2020
There is no case for Saka being in the YPOTY. His best games were in the cup competitions. He didn’t do anything in the League
— Lekky (@Lekky_UTD) August 7, 2020
The fucking aim of the game football is to score goals lol and it’s normal for attackers to be judged on it. Saka’s numbers in the prem are not deserving of a nomination. Foden, McNeil and Cantwell deserve a nomination more than him
— Jordan Petrov (@JordanPetrov19) August 7, 2020
— Mo Of Lagos || (@Mobamz_) August 7, 2020