MOVIN’ ON UP
What happened to previous winners of the Football League Young Player of the Year Award?
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.
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.
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.