Motherwell assistant manager Keith Lasley was left less than impressed last night after Rangers winger Ryan Kent was named Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year ahead of Well’s David Turnbull.

Kent was picked as the best young player in the country by his fellow professionals but Lasley was adamant that Turnbull should have won the award – calling him the best young player Scotland has produced in a “generation.”

26th January 2019, Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Dundee versus Motherwell; David Turnbull of Motherwell and Paul McGowan of Dundee

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Turnbull has scored 14 goals and six assists this season for the Steelmen compared to Kent’s six goals and nine assists for Rangers – and Lasley thinks he should have won “by some distance.”

“Unbelievable. David Turnbull is the best young talent this country has produced in a generation,” Lasley posted on Twitter.

26th January 2019, Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Dundee versus Motherwell; Benjamin Kallman of Dundee and David Turnbull of Motherwell

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“Young player of the year by some distance.”

Turnbull has had a phenomenal season for Motherwell but Lasley’s comments seem a bit foolish.

27th April 2019, Fir Park, Motherwell, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Motherwell versus Dundee; David Turnbull of Motherwell celebrates after scoring for 1-1 in the 11th minute

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While there are many who agree with him that Turnbull deserves to have won the award, the pressure put on him by calling him the best young Scottish talent in a generation will be huge.

If Turnbull fails to live up to that tag, Lasley’s comments could well come back and haunt them both.

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