Moussa Dembele has made the shortlist for UEFA’s 2016 Golden Boy award.
The Celtic attacker already has reason to be happy after hitting two goals in his side’s 3-3 draw with Manchester City in the Champions League last night.
But he’ll be even more delighted to find out that he’s been nominated on the 40-man shortlist for UEFA’s Golden Boy award for 2016.
There are a whole host of top players on the list, including Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, Tottenham’s Dele Alli, Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches and Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele.
And Dembele’s inclusion will be a big boost for Celtic and Scottish football considering their young players are regularly overlooked when it comes to lists recognising the top talent in European football.
Dele Alli (Tottenham), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Leon Bailey (Racing Genk), Riechedly Bazoer (Ajax), Gabriel Boschilia (Monaco), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Carlos Luna (Sevilla), Andreas Christensen (Borussia Monchengladbach), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Ante Coric (Dinamo Zagreb), Moussa Dembele (Celtic), Ousmane Dembele (Borussia Dortmund), Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), Breel Embolo (Schalke), Gabriel Barbosa (Inter Milan), Alexsandr Golovin (CSKA Moscow), Goncalo Guedes (Benfica), Demarai Gray (Leicester City), Marko Grujic (Liverpool), Alen Halilovic (Hamburg), Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Victor Kovalenko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), Emanuel Mammana (Lyon), Nathan (Vitesse), Olivier Ntcham (Genoa), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich), Jairo Riedewald (Ajax), Ruben Neves (Porto), Toni Sanabria (Real Betis), Leroy Sane (Manchester City), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen), Youri Tielemans (Anderlecht), Almamy Toure (Monaco)
It’s unlikely that the Frenchman – who moved north from Fulham in the summer – will take the top award, but even being nominated is impressive.
Dembele has 12 goals in 16 games since arriving at Parkhead and last night’s performance saw him take his recent record to five goals in three matches.
Chris Sutton has even compared him to Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and Brendan Rodgers will have done a good job if he can keep him at the club over the coming seasons.
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