Premier League 2

Hepburn-Murphy named PL2 Player of the Month

14 Oct 2016
Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, September's Premier League 2 Player of the Month

18-year-old Aston Villa striker honoured after two PL2 goals and a Championship appearance in September

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Aston Villa's Rushian Hepburn-Murphy has won September's Premier League 2 Player of the Month award.

The 18-year-old striker scored twice in three Premier League 2 Division 2 appearances last month, as the Villans picked up one victory, and came on as a substitute in the first team’s 1-1 EFL Championship draw against Newcastle United.

"It feels very good to be recognised," Hepburn-Murphy told "I've been working very hard in training with the lads, we've got some good results and the performances have obviously been good." 

He beat competition from two nominees, Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker-Peters and West Ham United striker Toni Martinez.

It is the first monthly PL2 accolade for Murphy, who made his Premier League debut at just 16 years of age as Aston Villa beat Sunderland 4-0 in March 2015.

Hepburn-Murphy was selected by a panel of the Premier League Football Development Department from a shortlist generated by PL2 managers nominating the best individual performance from each of their opponents last month.

See: Ethan Robson wins August's PL2 PLayer of the Month

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