This afternoon the PFA Young Player of the Year list was announced and, as usual, there are some players that have been left out - and some have more reason to be annoyed than others.

The six-man shortlist was: Arsenal's Jack Wilshere, Tottenham's Gareth Bale, Manchester United's Danny Welbeck, Aston Villa's Cristian Benteke, Chelsea's Eden Hazard and West Brom's Romelu Lukaku.

All of the aforementioned players have had good seasons for their respective clubs - well apart from Danny Welbeck, in my opinion, but that is a different matter.

But on that topic, I am not sure how a striker who has scored just one Premier League goal deserves to be dominated for the Young Player of the Year award.

Let's not get distracted, though: here are the five I feel missed out.

Raheem Sterling | Liverpool

Now I know the teenager hasn't started or appeared for a long-time as Brendan Rodgers has admitted he doesn't want to burn the youngster out; however, in the first-half of the season, Sterling was sensational for Liverpool.

Providing goals for Luis Suarez and getting a couple of his own as well, he has made a real impact at Anfield and will surely be one for the future.

Ki Sung-Yueng | Swansea City

Not many people will have picked this guy out from the Swansea City team this year after it seems Michu has stolen most of the spotlight, but Ki has been quality for the Swans this year and has been influential in the centre of the park.

He has great technical ability and can pick a pass from anywhere. The South-Korean's vision is superb and no doubt he will be a big-time Premier League player in the future.

Luke Shaw | Southampton

It's quite unbelievable that this guy is just 17-years-old. He has been sensational at left-back this season for the Saints and his performances have grabbed the attention of Chelsea, as he is being dubbed the suitable replacement for Ashley Cole.

Quick going forward and great at the back makes this guy a brilliant defender and one for the future for sure.

Matija Nastasic | Manchester City

Signed in the summer as a back-up defender, Nastasic has burst into the spotlight and taken the place of reliable centre-back Joleon Lescott.

The Serbian has been solid at the heart of City's defence since breaking into the first-team and has proved to be a suitable partner for captain Vincent Kompany. A great centre-back and a bright future awaits for him.

Rafael | Manchester United

One of the most improved defenders so far this season. A hot-headed youngster last year who was unpredictable and a disaster waiting for happen, but this year has seen him grow and develop into a mature right-back and one of United's most consistent players.

Seemingly the better out of him and his twin, but what's not to say both of them will make it at United. However, Rafael is all-but guaranteed to have a big future.

 

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