Leeds United star facing stellar septet for Premier League young player of the season award

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LEEDS United goalkeeper Illan Meslier is one of eight star nominees for the Premier League's Young Player of the Season award.

French stopper Meslier kept 11 clean sheets during the 2020-21 Premier League season as newly-promoted Leeds finished ninth.

The 21-year-old keeper is now up for the division's best young player award alongside seven others including Manchester City and England star Phil Foden.

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Five other members of Gareth Southgate's senior England squad have been nominated for the award in Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Chelsea's Mason Mount, Manchester United's Marcus Rashford, West Ham United's Declan Rice and Arsenal's Bukayo Saka.

NOMINATION: For Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier. Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images.NOMINATION: For Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier. Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images.
NOMINATION: For Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier. Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images.

The octet of nominees is completed by Manchester City centre-back and Portugal international Ruben Dias.

The award is for players who were aged 23 or younger at the start of the campaign.

The winner is decided by a combination of a combined panel and public vote which is open until 6pm on Thursday, June 3.

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To vote for Illan click HEREDias and Mount have also been nominated for the Premier League's player of the season award.

The nominations for the senior award are completed by Manchester City's Belgian international star Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester United's Portugal ace Bruno Fernandes, Aston Villa's England star Jack Grealish, Tottenham's Three Lions captain Harry Kane, Liverpool's Egyptian hotshot Mo Salah and West Ham's Czech Republic international Tomas Soucek.

The vote for the senior award is also open until 6pm on Thursday.

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