Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bernd Leno and Gabriel Martinelli all received nominations for the London Football Awards on Thursday.
The London Football Awards announced their nominations for each category on Thursday.
Aubameyang certainly earned his spot with his performances over the last year. This season, he has 16 goals and an assist in 27 appearances. Particularly impressive given Arsenal’s difficulties in the campaign so far.
The striker faces off against Gary Cahill, Heung-Min Son, Jorginho and Tammy Abraham for the award.
Arguably up there with Aubameyang for Arsenal’s Player of the Season, Leno is also worthy of a nomination in the Goalkeeper category. He has five clean sheets but plenty more performances worthy of one, if not for the standard of defending in front of him.
Leno has Ben Foster, David Raya, Lukasz Fabianski and Vincent Guaita for company. Amusingly, neither Spurs nor Chelsea got a goalkeeper on the list.
Chelsea did dominate the Young Player of the Year nominations though. Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham all joined Brentford’s Bryan Mbeumo and Arsenal’s Martinelli in the running.
Notably, Martinelli is the only teenager on the list. Tomori (22), Mount (21) and Abraham (22) all had multiple European loan spells behind them, so it’s rather strange to see them in the same category as an 18-year-old in his debut season.
That’s how it always is with young player awards though. Wherever you set the age limit, players close to the limit will dominate. It’s just nice to see Martinelli’s 10 goals and four assists putting him up there too.
Good luck to all three in the awards ceremony on the 5th of March!