Samuel Chukwueze Chukwueze enjoyed a breakthrough season in the 2018-19 campaign when he made his way into Villarreal’s first-team and scored five goals in 26 Laliga games.The 20-year-old is among the 10 La Liga youngsters in the selection while Dele-Bashiru joined five other Premier League-based starlets in the list.The Watford midfielder moved to Vicarage Road this summer after starring in Nigeria’s midfield at the U20 Fifa World Cup in Ukraine where he scored a goal in three games.Alongside their Senegalese counterpart, the duo will be hoping to end Africa’s wait for their first Golden Boy winner since the award started in 2003.Full nominees listBenoit Badiashile (Monaco)Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal)Michael Cuisance (Bayern Munich)Tom Dele-Bashiru (Watford)Matthijs De Ligt (Juventus)Krépin Diatta (Club Brugge)Giuanluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan)Denis Dragus (Standard Liege)Eljif Elmas (Napoli)Florentino Luís (Benfica)Phil Foden (Manchester City)Mattéo Guendouzi (Arsenal)Erling Braut Haaland (RB Salzburg)Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen)Alexander Isak (Real Sociedad)Joao Félix (Atlético Madrid)Dejan Joveljic (Eintracht Frankfurt)Boubacar Kamara (Marseille)Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich)Moise Kean (Everton)Justin Kluivert (Roma)Ibrahima Konaté (RB Leipzig)Rodrygo Goes (Real Madrid)Alban Lafont (Nantes)Diego Lainez (Real Betis)KangIn Lee (Valencia)Andriy Lunin (Real Valladolid, on loan)Donyell Malen (PSV)Mason Mount (Chelsea)Nehuén Pérez (Famalicao)Reiss Nelson (Arsenal)Abdulkadir Omur (Trabzonspor)Strahinja Pavlovic (Partizan Belgrade)Rafael Leao (AC Milan)Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid)Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)Luis Sinisterra (Feyenoord)Jean-Clair Todibo (Barcelona)Ferran Torres (Valencia)Nicolo Zaniolo (Roma)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles forward, Samuel Chukwueze and Flying Eagles midfielder Tom Dele-Bashiru have been included in the Golden Boy 40-man shortlist.Back in June, Tuttosport, organisers of the annual award which honours the outstanding player under the age of 21, unveiled the list of 100 best young players in the world.The Nigerian duo is joined in the nominees list by Senegal’s Krepin Diatta and they will battle current winner Juventus’ Matthijs De Ligt, Manchester City’s Phil Foden, Chelsea’s Mason Mount, Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior and others for the prestigious prize.
The shots hardly provided the same sort of theatrics Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell provided in what appeared to be the beginning of a breakout season.But as he has stayed sidelined this past week with soreness in his left knee, it appeared comforting that Russell could at least take stationary set shots following the Lakers’ practice on Saturday at their facility.In what marked his first public comments since having a non-invasive platelet-rich plasma injection on his left knee on Wednesday, Russell described his left knee as “better.” He started his rehab that currently entails pool and low-impact cardio exercises that focuses on strengthening his glutes.He will sit out for at least two more weeks, including when the Lakers (8-9) play host to the Atlanta Hawks (10-6) on Sunday at Staples Center. Russell plans to travel with the team this week in New Orleans (Tuesday), Chicago (Wednesday), Toronto (Friday) and Memphis (Saturday) to continue his rehab. Lakers coach Luke Walton believes forward Nick Young will return for Sunday’s game against Atlanta. After missing Friday’s loss to Golden State because of a sprain in the second toe of his left foot, Young participated in all of Saturday’s practice without any reported setbacks.Meanwhile, Walton expressed uncertainty if forward Julius Randle will play after missing the previous two games with a hip pointer. He tried to complete Saturday’s practice, but was held out for the second half. Randle stayed on the court after practice ended to participate in non-contact two-on-two and shooting drills with some of the Lakers’ assistants.“I hope he plays tomorrow, but we’re not going to rush him,” Walton said. “It’s not worth it. If he can’t go out and play the way he plays in being a dynamic playmaker and pushing the ball in transition and doing all those things for us, then it’s more important to get him more rest.”The Lakers still listed Randle and Young as both questionable. They also considered forward Larry Nance Jr. as probable after spraining his right thumb.The Lakers’ starting lineup appears unclear besides Young (shooting guard), Jose Calderon (point guard) and Timofey Mozgov (point guard). Walton admitted the Lakers coaching staff considered starting backup guard Marcelo Huertas in recent games along with Calderon to avoid disrupting the bench rotation. Instead, Walton decided to start Jordan Clarkson at shooting guard, rookie Brandon Ingram at small forward and sliding Luol Deng at power forward.Words of wisdomLakers forward Tarik Black spoke with LAPD officers and Washington Park Recreation Center basketball players on Saturday as part of the NBA’s Building Bridges with Basketball program.The Lakers hosted their third and final event on Saturday, which centered on hosting an open gym at their practice facility as a tool to unite members of the community and law enforcement. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Definitely don’t want to force anything back,” said Russell, who will be re-evalauted later in the week. “I feel like I got to be 100 percent perfect before I step back on the floor.”Russell reported he did not feel that way even before the 2016-17 season started. He said his knee felt “off and on,” though he “didn’t think it was anything serious.” Russell then experienced more pain last week whenever he planted his feet and made sharp movements.After sitting out last Friday against San Antonio, Russell played last Sunday against Chicago only to take most of his shots behind the perimeter because of continual knee discomfort. The Lakers have gone 1-2 in Russell’s absence, though he downplayed the potential disruption in both individual and team development.“I still feel like it can be done without me,” said Russell, who has averaged 16.1 points on 41.3 percent shooting and 4.8 assists. “I feel like I’m a piece of it. But I feel like it allows guys to step up. Guys have done a great job of doing that.”Injury update