Betting on Who Will Win the 2020 Golden Boy Award – Odds, Prediction, and Pick

| November 18, 2020 4:22 am PDT

Who has been the best player in European soccer under the age of 21 this year?

Well, on December 14, we will find out.

Voted for by many of the continent’s top sports journalists, the Golden Boy award has become one of the most coveted individual accolades in recent times.

Joao Felix won the prize in 2019, with Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney claiming the award in previous years. But who will be crowned 2020 Golden Boy?

I look at the bookies’ odds before analyzing the favorites and sharing my 2020 Golden Boy betting pick.

Latest 2020 Golden Boy Winner Odds

Here are the bookies’ prices for the 2020 Golden Boy award. Many of the top online betting sites are now offering odds for this market, so make sure you shop around and assess your options.

Assessing the Bookmakers’ Favorites

As you can see, there are three clear frontrunners to win this year’s Golden Boy award, along with a couple of less favored outsiders. Looking at the bookies’ odds, the rest of the candidates seem pretty far behind.

Let’s take a closer look at the main contenders.

Haaland’s Numbers Are Difficult to Ignore

Borussia Dortmund signed Erling Haaland from RB Salzburg for €20m on New Year’s Day. Of course, €20m is a lot of money. But when you consider what the Norwegian has achieved this year, it is fair to say that Dortmund got an absolute bargain.

You only have to look at the frightening numbers to see just how good Haaland has been in 2020.

After netting a hat-trick on his Bundesliga debut, Haaland bagged back-to-back braces. That’s seven goals in his first three BVB appearances.

The lethal young striker also scored a Champions League double against PSG, finishing the 2019/20 campaign with 16 goals in 18 games for Dortmund.

This season, he has picked where he left off last term. The 20-year-old has already netted 11 goals in 11 matches in all competitions, including four goals in three UCL outings.

Put simply, Haaland is a goal machine. His pace, power, and clinical finishing make him one of the deadliest forwards on the planet. Many believe that he is a future Ballon d’Or winner, but this year, he is the worthy Golden Boy frontrunner.

Does Davies’ Silverware Give Him the Edge?

Alphonso Davies’ rise from promising youngster to world-class wing-back has been nothing short of meteoric.

The Canadian struggled to break into Niko Kovac’s starting eleven at the beginning of last season. Still, when Hansi Flick took over as Bayern Munich’s head coach, Davies quickly became one of the first names on the team sheet.

Not only did Davies play a pivotal role in helping Bayern to secure the domestic double last term, but he also shone as the German giant won the 2019/20 Champions League.

Unfortunately, the flying left-back only made five appearances this season before a serious ankle injury forced him to watch from the sidelines.

Having clinched three different trophies with Bayern this year, it could be argued that Davies has the edge over his Golden Boy rivals. However, the recent injury may see him fall down the pecking order.

At the end of the day, Davies has achieved more in 2020 than most players accomplish throughout an entire career. After securing silverware with his club, being awarded a personal accolade would be a fitting end to a phenomenal breakthrough year.

Sancho Has Struggled in Recent Months

Jadon Sancho finished the 2019/20 campaign with a mind-boggling 20 goals and 20 assists in 44 appearances in all competitions for Dortmund.

The English winger saw his market value skyrocket over €100m last season, with a move to Manchester United very much on the cards. But following months of unsuccessful negotiations, Sancho stayed in Germany.

There is no denying that Sancho is a special talent, but it is clear that his level has dropped somewhat in recent months.

After scoring a hat-trick towards the end of last term, the 20-year-old failed to rack up a goal or an assist in the final five Bundesliga matches. Sure, that is nothing to get too worried about. But by his own high standards, Sancho won’t be happy with that statistic.

The forward has also made a low-key start to the current campaign. Despite Dortmund winning five of their opening seven league games, Sancho has failed to hit the target this season.

There was a time earlier in the year when Sancho looked destined to win the Golden Boy award, yet it feels like his recent performances have hindered his chances.

Can Foden Upset the Frontrunners?

It has always been difficult for Phil Foden to establish himself at Manchester City. After all, the promising midfielder has constantly battled with multiple world-class stars for a place in Pep Guardiola’s starting line-up.

But 2020 has been a year to remember for Foden.

When the EPL returned from the unexpected lay-off, Guardiola thrust Foden into his side. The youngster did not disappoint. Foden notched up five goals and one assist in nine appearances at the end of last season, leaving Guardiola with no choice but to make him a first-team regular.

After making his full England debut back in September, Foden scored on the opening day of the 2020/21 Premier League season. He has since featured prominently for Man City and has admirably filled the void left by David Silva.

Foden is undoubtedly one of the most gifted players of his generation. He plays with a maturity far beyond his years. His ball-carrying ability, passing range, and eye for a goal make him the complete modern-day attacking midfielder.

Haaland, Davies, and Sancho may be the bookies’ obvious favorites, but Foden definitely deserves to be among the frontrunners.

Fati Has Enjoyed a Record-Breaking Year

It is no secret that Ansu Fati has spent the majority of 2020 breaking records.

From becoming Barcelona’s youngest-ever La Liga goalscorer to becoming the youngest scorer in Champions League history, it is safe to say that Fati is destined for greatness.

The Spaniard only turned 18 at the end of October, yet he has already become a first-team regular at Camp Nou. With five goals and four assists in ten appearances this term, it is easy to see what all the hype is about.

Fati is already being touted as the heir to Lionel Messi’s throne at Barcelona. Of course, that is a tall order. But if he continues to shine, the comparisons will persist.

Let’s just hope that the teenager’s progression isn’t halted too much by a lengthy spell on the sidelines. It was recently announced that Fati is expected to be out of action for four months following knee surgery.

 2020 Golden Boy Betting Pick

I think we can rule out Foden and Fati right off the bat. Don’t get me wrong, they are both outstanding players, and I wouldn’t be surprised if either of them wins the award in the coming years. But right now, they have not achieved enough.

Ultimately, I believe Haaland’s unrivalled consistency will see him crowned this year’s Golden Boy. While Davies and Sancho have had fluctuating form over the past 12 months, Haaland has remained at the top of his game throughout 2020.

Yes, Davies enjoyed huge success with Bayern. But on a personal level, the Canadian has not been as influential as Haaland this year.

Having netted a remarkable 27 goals in 29 appearances in 2020, I’m backing Haaland to be voted this year’s Golden Boy.

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Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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