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London: Korea Republic starlet Ji So-yun is among the six nominees for this year’s Women’s Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Players’ Player of the Year award, it has been announced.

Ji, who plies her trade with Chelsea in the top-flight of England’s Football Association Women’s Super League (FA WSL), was named the FA WSL 1 Players’ Player of the Year last year, and her 2015 nomination for the PFA’S own prestigious award further underlines the 24-year-old Korean’s star potential according to Chelsea manager Emma Hayes.

"She has only just scratched the surface," Hayes told the PFA’s official website.

“She is at the development age and I think she has to get a little tougher in 1v1 battles and improve the speed of her decision-making.

"But in time I think she'll do all of that and as I’ve said before, if she keeps working at it I wouldn’t be surprised if one day she is World Player of the Year."

Ji, the youngest ever goalscorer for the Korea Republic women’s team when aged only 15 years and 282 days, joined Chelsea in early 2014 and is expected to feature for her country at this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Photo: AFP

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