Weah, Pulisic & Foden join history-chasing Mbappe on Golden Boy shortlist

PSG's World Cup-winning forward is looking to become the first player to defend the award, but has competition from a team-mate and other big names

Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe faces competition from the likes of Timothy Weah, Christian Pulisic and Phil Foden as he seeks to defend his Golden Boy award.

The 19-year-old is looking to make history by becoming the first player to take the trophy in successive seasons.

His cause was aided considerably over the summer when he helped to inspire France to World Cup glory in Russia.

He has also been among the goals at club level in 2018-19 after returning to the domestic stage with PSG.

Mbappe will be the heavy favourite to be named the best young player on the planet once more, but there are several other candidates who could run him close.

PSG team-mate Weah, the son of former World Player of the Year George, has emerged through the ranks at Parc des Princes to generate plenty of excitement in France and with the U.S. National Team.

His international colleague Pulisic, who continues to shine in Germany for Borussia Dortmund, is another player being tipped to reach the very top of the game.

The same can be said for Manchester City midfielder Foden, who has seen senior game time this season for the reigning Premier League champions after helping England to U-17 World Cup glory in 2017.

He is one of three Premier League representatives on the 60-man Golden Boy shortlist released by Italian publication Tuttosport .

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold and Everton’s Tom Davies are also in contention for the prestigious prize.

Among those to miss out, with the list having been trimmed from 80 names, are Real Madrid starlet Martin Odegaard and Manchester United academy graduate Angel Gomes.

Whoever takes the award will join illustrious names such as Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Paul Pogba and Wayne Rooney on the roll of honour, with Rafael van der Vaart the first recipient back in 2003.

2018 Golden Boy nominees in full

Player Club Nation
Carles Alena Barcelona Spain
Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool England
Kelvin Adou Amian Toulouse France
Houssem Aouar Lyon France
Musa Barrow Atalanta Gambia
Sander Gard Bolin Berge Genk Norway
Justin Bijlow Feyenoord Netherlands
Abdelkader Brahim Diaz Manchester City Spain
Josip Brekalo Wolfsburg Croatia
Patrick Cutrone AC Milan Italy
Dani Olmo Dinamo Zagreb Spain
Tom Davies Everton England
Mattijs de Ligt Ajax Netherlands
Moussa Diaby PSG France
Diogo Dalot Manchester United Portugal
Moussa Djenepo Standard Liege Mali
Ritsu Doan Gronigen Japan
Eder Militao Porto Brazil
Odsonne Edouard Celtic France
Evander Midtjylland Brazil
Phil Foden Manchester City England
Juan Foyth Tottenham Argentina
Gedson Fernandes Benfica Portugal
Nicolas Gonzalez Stuttgart Argentina
Achraf Borussia Dortmund Morocco
Amadou Haidara Red Bull Salzburg Mali
Kai Havertz Bayer Leverkusen Germany
Jonathan Ikone Lille France
Joao Filipe Benfica Portugal
Jovane Cabral Sporting Lisbon Cape Verde
Dejan Joveljic Red Star Belgrade Serbia
Boubacar Kamara Marseille France
Yann Karamoh Bordeaux France
Moise Kean Juventus Italy
Jules Keita Dijon Guinea
Justin Kluivert Roma Netherlands
Teun Koopmeiners AZ Alkmaar Netherlands
Alban Lafont Fiorentina France
Leo Jaba PAOK Brazil
Mikhail Lysov Lokomotiv Moscow Russia
Jean-Victor Makengo Nice France
Manu Garcia Toulouse Spain
Mauro Junior PSV Brazil
Kylian Mbappe PSG France
Weston McKennie Schalke USA
Evan N'Dicka Eintracht Frankfurt France
Pietro Pellegri Monaco Italy
Ronael Pierre-Gabriel Monaco France
Christian Pulisic Borussia Dortmund USA
Ruben Vinagre Wolves Portugal
Marcelo Saracchi RB Leipzig Uruguay
Ismaila Sarr Rennes Senegal
Ryan Sessegnon Fulham England
Antonio Moya Vega Atletico Madrid Spain
Dayot Upamecano RB Leipzig France
Federico Valverde Real Madrid Uruguay
Vinicius Junior Real Madrid Brazil
Moussa Wague Barcelona Senegal
Timothy Weah PSG USA
Luca Zidane Real Madrid France