England internationals Mason Greenwood, Bukayo Saka and Jude Bellingham are among the ten nominees for the 2021 Kopa Trophy – awarded to the best Under-21 player in the world.
Saka enjoyed a wonderful year with Arsenal, becoming arguably the club’s most important player, and also played a big part in England’s run to the Euro 2020 final; a final in which he disappointingly missed a decisive spot kick.
Like Saka, Bellingham played a role in England’s successful summer, and has become a vital player for Borussia Dortmund over the past 12 months.
While Greenwood was not a part of the Three Lions squad which made it to the final in July, he has been on fire at the start of the current season with Man Utd. The 20-year-old already has three Premier League goals to his name in seven appearances, and will undoubtedly add to that tally after the October international break.
While there are a few Premier League-based players nominated, the rest of the list is dominated by Bundesliga talent. The German top flight boasts 40% of the nominees for the award – Bellingham, Jamal Musiala, Florian Wirtz and Giovanni Reyna.
Perhaps the favourite for the award however comes from La Liga. Barcelona starlet Pedri has burst onto the scene in 2021, winning Euro 2020 young player of the tournament, 90min‘s Our 21 award, and becoming the most talked about young midfielder in recent memory.
Here are the nominees:
– Mason Greenwood (Manchester United/England)
– Bukayo Saka (Arsenal/England)
– Pedri (Barcelona/Spain)
– Jeremy Doku (Rennes/Belgium)
– Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax/Netherlands)
– Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich/Germany)
– Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen/Germany)
– Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund/England)
– Giovanni Reyna (Borussia Dortmund/USA)
– Nuno Mendes (Paris Saint-Germain/Portugal