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Shortlist for August 2019 PL2 Player of the Month

6 Sep 2019
A graphic of the nominees for the August 2019 PL2 Player of the Month award

Seven players nominated for the first youth award of 2019/20 after star performances in Premier League 2

Seven young players earned nominations for the August Premier League 2 Player of the Month award.

Players from Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea, Manchester United and West Ham United were named on a shortlist decided by the Premier League’s Football Development Panel after PL2 club managers picked the best performance by an opposing player in each of their league matches in August.

See: Gilmour named August PL2 Player of the Month

PL2 Player of the Month shortlist
Folarin Balogun (Arsenal)

The 18-year-old has stepped up seamlessly to PL2 after scoring 25 goals at U18 level last season. The New York-born forward netted four goals in as many Division 1 appearances, including a hat-trick at Blackburn, and got two assists.

Harry Chapman (Blackburn)

Chapman scored or assisted in each of Blackburn's final three Division 1 matches in August. The 21-year-old's return of three goals and one assist included a brace in a 5-3 win at Brighton & Hove Albion.

James Garner (Man Utd)

The 18-year-old central midfielder scored in each of his three PL2 appearances in the month, netting four goals in total. Two were long-range strikes in a 5-0 opening win at West Bromwich Albion

Billy Gilmour (Chelsea)

Gilmour was rewarded for his part in leaders Chelsea's unbeaten start to the Division 1 season with a senior Premier League debut against Sheffield United. The 18-year-old Scottish midfielder contributed to PL2 wins over Derby County and Liverpool and scored a penalty in a draw at Manchester City.

Dan Kemp (West Ham)

Versatile attacking midfielder Kemp contributed to a goal in three of his four matches. After scoring in a season opener against Fulham, the 20-year-old got a goal and an assist against Reading and set up a strike in a 2-2 draw at Man Utd that kept West Ham level on points with the Division 2 leaders.

Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal)

The 19-year-old playmaker started all four of Arsenal's Division 1 matches as they ended August unbeaten in second place. Smith Rowe also scored in a 2-1 win over Brighton.

Brandon Williams (Man Utd) 

At 19, the full-back has captained Man Utd's PL2 side to 10 points from their four matches to sit atop Division 2. Williams played every minute, setting up three goals, and also got an assist in a 2-0 EFL Trophy victory at Rotherham United.

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