Super Eagles players, Kelechi Iheanacho and Moses Simon have made it to the 40-man shortlist for the 2015 Golden Boy award. The prize which was won by Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling last year was established by Italian newspaper, Tuttosport.

Candidates are usually under 21 years and must be playing in the top tier of a European league.

NOMINEES

English Premier League:

Nathan Ake (Watford; on loan from Chelsea), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal), Jordon Ibe (Liverpool), Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Divock Origi (Liverpool), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Adama Traoré (Aston Villa).

La Liga:

Marco Asensio (Espanyol), Zakaria Bakkali (Valencia), Ángel Correa (Atlético Madrid), Danilo Barbosa (Valencia), Munir El Haddadi (Barcelona), Alen Halilovic (Barcelona), Sandro Ramírez (Barcelona),

Bundesliga:

Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Dahoud Mahmoud (Borussia M’gladbach), Francisco Rodríguez (Wolsfburg), Pierre-Emile Hojberg (Schalke), Adnan Januzaj (Borussia Dortmund; on loan from Manchester United), Max Meyer (Schalke),

Serie A:

Ricardo Kishna (Lazio), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Alessio Romagnoli (Milan)

Ligue 1:

Mario Pasalic (Monaco; on loan from Chelsea), Adrien Rabiot (PSG), Adama Traoré (Monaco)

Turkish Super Lig:

Jason Denayer (Galatasaray; on loan from Manchester City)

Dutch Eredivise: Anwar El Ghazi (Ajax Amsterdam), Gaston Pereiro (PSV), Tonny Vilhena (Feyenoord)

Portuguese Primeira Liga:

Goncalo Guedes (Benfica), Ruben Neves (Porto)

Kazakhstan Premier League:

Nemanja Maksimovic (Astana)

Croatian Prva Liga:

Marko Pajca (Dinamo Zagreb)

Belgian Jupiler Pro league:

Moses Simon (KAA Gent), Youri Tielemans (Anderlecht)

Serbian SuperLiga:

Andrija Zivkovic (Partizan Belgrade)