May 13, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
ProSoccerTalk’s Premier League Young Player of the Year award was a hotly-contested vote amongst our writers, with plenty of debate as to who was the best-performing player to be 23 or younger to start the season.
To the runners-up: Luke Shaw was tipped for his skill in the back for Southampton, while Adnan Januzaj earned a vote for being “one of the few rays of sunshine in a dark, dreary, dismal United season.”
A vaunted half of the SAS combo at Anfield, Sturridge scored 21 times and added 7 assists for Liverpool despite missing nine games. Before and after his injury, he put together a streak of seven-straight matches with a goal.
Hazard’s season was not shortened at Chelsea, where he netted 14 goals and 7 assists for the Blues. It’s frightening to think what he would’ve been able to do with a better-functioning group of forwards, as Samuel Eto’o (nine goals), Demba Ba (five) and Fernando Torres (five) didn’t finish as expected (Well, maybe some expected it).
PST’s Young Player of the Year votes
Mike Prindiville: Daniel Sturridge
Kyle Bonn: Daniel Sturridge
Richard Farley: Eden Hazard
Nick Mendola: Eden Hazard
Joe Prince-Wright: Luke Shaw
Kirsten Schlewitz: Adnan Januzaj
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