By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, Nigeria
Nigerian youngsters Samuel Chukwueze and Tom Dele Bashiru are both in the running for this year’s Golden Boy award as they were included in the recently released list of 40 players.
Chukwueze, 20, enjoyed a great run of form for both club and country during the year as he helped Villarreal avoid relegation at the end of last season.
He already has one goal and an assist for the Yellow Submarine so far this season and he is tipped as one of La Liga’s young players to watch.
The winger scored his first Super Eagles goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in the quarter final triumph over South Africa and was rated as one of the country’s most impressive players in Egypt by soccer-loving Nigerians.
Tom Dele-Bashiru is another Nigeria player who made the cut after his wonderful showing for the Flying Eagles during U20 World Cup tournament in Poland.
The former Manchester City youngster scored a goal for Paul Aigbogun’s team against Qatar in the team first game before being knocked out by Senegal.
Both players will need to overcome competition from Matteo Guendouzi, Reiss Nelson (both Arsenal), Mason Mount (Chelsea ), Jean-Clair Todibo (Barcelona ), Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid) and 33 other exciting young talents to win the prestigious award.
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