Shortlist for 2018/19 PL2 Player of the Season

7 May 2019

See the nine players who have earned nominations for the 2018/19 youth award

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Nine players have been nominated for the Premier League 2 Player of the Season award.

The Premier League’s Football Development panel have selected the youngsters for their performances not only at youth level in competitions such as PL2, the PL Cup, the PL International Cup and the EFL Trophy, but also for their respective senior teams. 

PL2 Player of the Season nominees Rafael Camacho, Aaron Connolly and Morgan Feeney
From left: Rafael Camacho, Aaron Connolly and Morgan Feeney
Rafael Camacho (LIV)

The 18-year-old Liverpool midfielder scored seven goals in 13 league matches and was rewarded with a substitute appearance in the Premier League against Crystal Palace.

Aaron Connolly (BHA)

The 19-year-old forward scored 11 goals for Brighton & Hove Albion as they finished third in PL2 Division 1, while he also netted five times in the EFL Trophy, before going out on loan to Luton Town.

Morgan Feeney (EVE)

The Everton defender, 20, was part of a backline that conceded just 14 goals, playing a pivotal role in the Toffees lifting the PL2 Division 1 title. 

PL2 Player of the Season nominees Adam Idah, Daniel Loader and Eddie Nketiah
From left: Adam Idah, Daniel Loader and Eddie Nketiah
Adam Idah (NOR)

The 18-year-old striker was a standout performer for Norwich City, scoring 12 goals in PL2 Division 2.

Daniel Loader (RDG)

The Reading forward scored 10 goals in just 11 Division 2 matches, and made 18 first-team appearances. The 18-year-old scored his first senior goal against Middlesbrough last month.

Eddie Nketiah (ARS)

Nominated for this award last season, the 19-year-old forward makes the shortlist again after nine goals in Division 1. Nketiah has made eight first-team appearances in all competitions as well.

PL2 Player of the Season nominees Bassala Sambou, Will Smallbone and Elias Sorensen
From left: Bassala Sambou, Will Smallbone and Elias Sorensen
Bassala Sambou (EVE) 

The 21-year-old scored nine goals in a sensational season for Everton, who are looking to secure a league and cup double when they take on Newcastle United in the Premier League Cup final on Wednesday.

Will Smallbone (SOU)

The 19-year-old midfielder has been an integral member of the Southampton side, making 20 league appearances for a team who will be promoted to Division 1 if they beat Newcastle in the Division 2 playoff final.

Elias Sorensen (NEW)

The Danish striker scored 20 goals in all competitions, helping Newcastle reach the Division 2 playoff final and the PL Cup final. The 19-year-old was rewarded with a new contract in January.

The winner will be announced on Thursday, 16 May.

Last year’s winner was Reiss Nelson, of Arsenal.

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