Saka nominated for PFA Young Player of the Year

Bukayo Saka has been nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award. The other nominees are Tammy Abraham, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mason Greenwood, Mason Mount and Marcus Rashford. 

The 18 year old enjoyed a breakthrough season at Arsenal in the 2019/20 campaign. He scored four goals and provided eleven assists in 38 appearances across all competitions. No Arsenal player provided more assists than Saka last season. 

He played on the wing, at left back, left wingback and even in central midfield in a couple of games. Due to an injury suffered by Kieran Tierney during an away game against West Ham, the Gunners needed to find a solution at left back. Sead Kolasinac was also on the sidelines. Saka filled in and performed admirably. He put in a string of impressive performances and kept Kolasinac out of the side after he returned to fitness.

Saka’s future was the matter of concern at Arsenal earlier in the year. He had one year remaining on his contract and there were fears he would leave the club. He ended those fears by signing a long term contract with the Gunners. 

His versatility and technical ability are especially impressive because he is only 18 years old. The Arsenal academy graduate has taken over the number seven shirt this season. He was impressive yet again in Arsenal’s victory over Liverpool in the Community Shield. He provided the assist to Aubameyang for Arsenal’s goal. The Gabon international’s finish was sublime but the pass wasn’t far behind. 

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