Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea are all represented in the race for the European Golden Boy award.
Journalists from Tuttosport, L’Equipe, Marca, Bild, De Telegraaf and The Times vote for the competition winner, which has previously been won by some of world football’s biggest and best names – including Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney.
This year’s shortlist is packed full of European football’s most talented young players, with a heavy contingent from La Liga unsurprisingly making the running.
However, the English Premier League is well represented, and it’s Liverpool who lead the charge with Raheem Sterling and Jonjo Shelvey amongst the contenders.
Sterling has made a huge impact at Anfield since getting his senior chance from manager Brendan Rodgers, notably scoring the winner in the 1-0 win against Reading last weekend.
Jonjo Shelvey joined Liverpool in 2010, but is another youngster to come to the fore under Rodgers. The one-cap England international has notably impressed in Europe with goals against Young Boys and Udinese.
Arsenal starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got his big chance last season at the Emirates Stadium, and was a solid performer whenever manager Arsene Wenger called upon the teenager.
His form also led to an England call-up at Euro 2012, with the Gunners starlet featuring regularly for Roy Hodgson in Poland & Ukraine.
Joel Campbell, who is on loan at Real Betis from Arsenal, also makes the shortlist after a solid campaign with Lorient last term.
Chelsea stopper Thiabut Courtois is another loan star to be in contention, with the Belgian stopper impressing for Atletico Madrid both domestically and in Europe on the way to a Europa League final.
Manchester City starlet John Guidetti, who scored goals for fun on loan at PSV Eindhoven last season, is another to make the cut, whilst former Manchester United starlet Paul Pogba is also in contention after his move to Juventus.
European Golden Boy shortlist (alphabetical):
David Alaba - Bayern Munich
Jano Ananidze - Spartak Moscow
Christian Atsu - FC Porto
Jean-Christophe Bahebeck - Troyes
Joel Campbell - Real Betis
Luc Castaignos - FC Twente
Thibaut Courtois - Atletico Madrid
Philippe Coutinho - Inter
Gerard Deulofeu - Barcelona
Julian Draxler - Schalke
Dudu - Dynamo Kyiv
Stephan El Shaarawy - AC Milan
Christian Eriksen - Ajax
Mario Gotze - Borussia Dortmund
John Guidetti - Manchester City
Isco - Malaga
Jese - Real Madrid
Ola John - Benfica
Vaclav Kadlec - Sparta Prague
Koke - Atletico Madrid
Mateo Kovacic - Dinamo Zagreb
Milan Lalkovic - Vitoria Guimaraes
Erik Lamela - Roma
Jurgen Locadia - PSV Eindhoven
Samuele Longo - Espanyol
Lazar Markovic - Partizan Belgrade
Bruno Martins Indi - Feyenoord
Iker Muniain - Athletic Bilbao
Ahmed Musa - CSKA Moscow
Pedro Obiang - Sampdoria
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Arsenal
Magomed Ozdoev - Lokomotiv Moscow
Paul Pogba - Juventus
Mohamed Salah - Basel
Jonjo Shelvey - Liverpool
Raheem Sterling - Liverpool
Raphael Varane - Real Madrid
Marco Verratti - Paris Saint-Germain
Granit Xhaka - Borussia Monchengladbach
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