Whilst the main award looks to be a straight fight between Cristiano Ronaldo and Didier Drogba, the young player category could be far more open. Where Richards could do well is if the voting goes to a newcomer rather than a more established player (Fabregas or Rooney) or someone who may likely win the main award (Ronaldo).
Manchester City and England defender Micah Richards has
been nominated as one of the six candidates for the Professional Footballers’
Association Young Player of the Year award.
The 18-year-old is the youngest
of the nominees and will battle it out with Kevin Doyle of Reading, Arsenal’s
Cesc Fabregas, Aaron Lennon of Spurs, and United'd Cristiano Ronaldo & Wayne
The PFA’s Chief Executive Gordon Taylor said of Micah: "He is a giant
of a lad and I was delighted to see him called up to the England squad, and even
more thrilled that he took it on his broad, young shoulders and coped so well
with his elevation to the international stage."
A City spokesman said today:
"It is a great honour for the Club to have one of our players nominated for this
award and it has again shown that the hard work done at our Academy has paid