Young Football Player of the Year

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Khiara Keating (Manchester City)

Manchester City goalkeeper Keating has already emerged as a rival to Mary Earps’ England throne despite only turning 19 at the start of the campaign. Her performances have contributed towards an impressive season for City and she earned her first call-up to Sarina Wiegman’s national team in October.

Grace Clinton (Manchester United)

Clinton was a popular loan signing by Tottenham Hotspur as Manchester United opted to allow the midfielder regular top-flight experience in London. She shone consistently throughout the campaign, earning a call-up to the senior England team. She scored on her full debut in a 7-2 thrashing of Austria.

Laura Blindkilde Brown (Aston Villa)

Blindkilde Brown emerged as a leading talent for Aston Villa after being nominated at the previous Women’s Football Awards in 2023. She made over 50 appearances for the Villains, twice being named Player of the Season, before Manchester City swooped in a big-money move in January 2024, signing Blindkilde Brown on a three-and-a-half year deal.

Aggie Beever-Jones (Chelsea)

Beever-Jones enjoyed a breakthrough campaign under Emma Hayes at Chelsea after spending the previous two seasons on loan with Bristol City and Everton respectively. The forward scored several goals from the bench, earning a reputation as a super sub, while also registering on the radar of senior England manager Sarina Wiegman.

Kyra Cooney-Cross (Arsenal)

Cooney-Cross, the Australian midfielder, joined Arsenal in 2023 following her impressive performances in the World Cup for the Matildas. She started every game at the World Cup as Australia reached the semi-final. Cooney-Cross has been tipped for a big future by Arsenal team-mate and Women’s Super League legend Vivianne Miedema.

Maya Le Tissier (Manchester United)

Le Tissier, aged 21, already boasts over 100 professional career appearances and has made her senior England debut under Sarina Wiegman. She is a Manchester United regular under Marc Skinner, with the defender being named in the PFA Team of the Year for 2023 for her consistently solid performances.

Mary Fowler (Manchester City)

Fowler, at 21, has proven a revelation for Manchester City since joining Gareth Taylor’s side from Montpellier in 2022. A consistent goal threat, the forward has inspired City’s title charge in 2023-24 and was nominated for FIFA’s Best Player of the Year Award and The European Goal Award. She also impressed for Australia at the 2023 World Cup as the Matildas reached the semi-final.

Jessica Naz (Tottenham Hotspur)

Naz has continued to be selected for England under-23s while forcing her way into the Tottenham Hotspur setup. The forward is already closing in on 100 professional appearances and is currently under the tutelage of the legendary Beth England at Spurs. She will be aiming to become a Tottenham regular in the coming months.

Naomi Layzell (Bristol City)

Layzell was handed a new Bristol City contract in 2023 after her impressive form earned her an England youth call-up and the opportunity to train with Sarina Wiegman’s senior team. Layzell, who helped Bristol City win promotion to the Women’s Super League in 2023, has caught the eye with her commanding defensive performances this season.

Elisabeth Terland (Brighton and Hove Albion)

Terland has emerged as one of the most exciting prospects in the Women’s Super League as she enjoyed a stunning goalscoring campaign with Brighton and Hove Albion. The Norway international is part of a squad on the rise under Melissa Phillips and is sure to have admirers this summer.