Manchester City player nominated for Golden Boy award 

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Manchester City youngster Cole Palmer has been named in the 60-man shortlist for the 2022 Golden Boy award.

The award organised by Italian sports paper Tuttosport since its inception in 2003, sees votes cast for the top football player under the age of 21 currently active in Europe.

The 20-year-old has enjoyed a remarkable 12 months, seeing him make his Premier League and FA Cup debut, while also grabbing his first senior goal for the club.

The youngster also scored in the Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup in a breakthrough campaign and is now firmly established as a regular member of Pep Guardiola’s squad.

The winger was also pivotal in helping our Elite Development Squad claim back-to-back Premier League 2 titles, finding the net in the 3-1 victory over Leeds United that clinched the title.

The player’s rapid rise has been recognised by his inclusion in Tuttosport’s 60-strong shortlist and will contend with the likes of Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham, Real Madrid’s Eduardo Camavinga, along with Barcelona duo Pedri and Gavi.

Palmer will be hoping to claim the award like Sergio Aguero (2007), Mario Balotelli (2010) and Raheem Sterling (2014), while Erling Haaland also claimed the title back in 2020.

Further rounds of voting will see the shortlist condensed to 40 and then a fnal 20, before the results are revealed at an award ceremony later this year.