Top 5: Potential PFA Young Player of the Year contenders

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We're not even half way through the season, admittedly, but a handful of young Premier League stars have already made their mark this term.

The PFA Young Player of the Year award has been won by some of the league's best ever players - but who will claim the prestigious accolade at the end of this season?

Let's take a closer look at some of the early contenders...

5. Adnan Januzaj | Manchester United

Adnan Januzaj was the name on everyone's lips after the 18-year-old marked his first Premier League start with two goals for Manchester United against Sunderland.

Since then the Belgium-born winger has made a few more appearances for the Red Devils and even been nominated for the BBC's Young Sports Personality of the Year award.

If he features consistency over the forthcoming months, and Manchester United win the title, expect Januzaj to be in the reckoning for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

4. Gerard Deulofeu | Everton (on loan from Barcelona)

Everton pulled off a major coup in the summer when they agreed a season-long loan deal with Barcelona for one of the Catalan giants' best young players.

Gerard Deulofeu, who turns 20 in March, has already shown glimpses of what he's capable of at Goodison Park - and he scored his first Premier League goal on his first start at the end of November.

Will he win the PFA Young Player of the Year award? Only time will tell. Will he be a world-class player? Without any doubt.

3. Andros Townsend | Tottenham

Gareth Bale deservedly won the PFA Young Player of the Year award last season, while Spurs right-back Kyle Walker won it before him. Could Andros Townsend make it a Tottenham hat-trick?

The England international is still a little erratic, but he's direct, lighting quick and poses a major threat every time he takes to the pitch for both club and country.

Will Towsend win the PFA Young Player of the Year award before jetting off to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup finals?

2. Romelu Lukaku | Everton (on loan from Chelsea)

If Romelu Lukaku goes on to pick up the PFA Young Player of the Year award, it will be concrete proof that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was wrong to agree to loan him to Everton.

The Belgium international has continued from where he left off last season, when he was at West Brom, and is now scoring goals for fun at Goodison Park.

1. Aaron Ramsey | Arsenal

If you told any Arsenal fan this time last year that Aaron Ramsey would be one of the Premier League's best players 12 months later, they would have laughed.

But the Wales international is currently playing the best football of his career - and looks a totally different player as a result.

The boos have made way for cheers and, if Ramsey continues like this, he could even win both the PFA Young Player of the Year and PFA Player of the Year awards.

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