MOVIN’ ON UP

What hap­pened to pre­vi­ous win­ners of the Foot­ball League Young Player of the Year Award?

Australian Four Four Two - - DELE ALLI -

Southamp­ton,

Weeks af­ter pick­ing up the award aged 17, Bale joined Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur for $14 mil­lion. The Welsh wizard was an oc­ca­sional left-back un­til early 2010, but af­ter be­ing given a chance fur­ther for­ward he’s never looked back, be­com­ing one of the game’s elite play­ers, join­ing Real Madrid for a world record trans­fer fee and win­ning the Cham­pi­ons League.

Leeds United,

Like Bale, Delph moved im­me­di­ately af­ter pick­ing up his gong, only for in­jury to blight his first two sea­sons with As­ton Villa. He was sub­se­quently made cap­tain and voted 2013-14 Player of the Year. An ac­com­plished all-round mid­fielder, Delph com­pleted a pro­tracted move to Manch­ester City in the sum­mer of 2015 and has made nine ap­pear­ances for Eng­land.

Crys­tal Palace,

Now Eng­land’s first-choice right-back (and still only 24), Clyne served his ap­pren­tice­ship in the Cham­pi­onship, where four con­sis­tent years as an Ea­gle earned him a move to Premier League new boys Southamp­ton in 2012. The South Lon­doner has set­tled in well at Liverpool fol­low­ing a $25m move to Mersey­side, putting in a string of as­sured dis­plays.

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