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PL2 Player of the Month nominees announced

1 Dec 2016
PL2 Player of the Month nominees for November

Liam Walsh, Josh Sims, Oliver McBurnie and Ben Woodburn nominated for November award

Four players are in the running for November's Premier League 2 Player of the Month award, with the shortlist announced on Thursday.

They have been selected as a result of PL2 managers nominating the best individual performance from each of their opposing teams throughout the month.

Liam Walsh (Everton)

PL2 Player of the Month nominee: Liam Walsh
Liam Walsh has starred in an Everton team that has won seven of 13 PL2 matches this term

The 19-year-old midfielder has been instrumental in Everton's rise to the top of Premier League 2 Division 1, helping the Toffees establish a two-point lead at the top thanks to a 1-0 victory over second-placed Manchester City and a 1-1 draw with Southampton in November.

Josh Sims (Southampton)

PL2 Player of the Month nominee: Josh Sims
Josh Sims (left) in PL2 action against Chelsea, six days before his senior debut

November was a breakthrough month for the 19-year-old winger, who scored in a 3-2 PL2 defeat by a Chelsea side including John Terry and Kurt Zouma in defence before winning Sky Sports' Man of the Match award after claiming an assist on his Premier League debut, a 1-0 win over Everton.

He capped off a memorable couple of weeks by coming off the bench to help Saints beat Arsenal 2-0 in their EFL Cup quarter-final at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night.

Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City)

PL2 Player of the Month nominee: Oliver McBurnie
Swansea are eight points clear at the top of PL2 Division 2 with Oliver McBurnie in attack

The 20-year-old made his Premier League debut in August and he continued his impressive rise in November, scoring in a 2-0 victory over Plymouth Argyle in the Checkatrade Trophy.

He then scored the only goal as Swansea beat Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 to go five points clear at the top of Premier League 2 Division 2, a lead which has since been extended to eight points.

Ben Woodburn (Liverpool)

PL2 Player of the Month nominee: Ben Woodburn
After playing Reading in PL2, Ben Woodburn made his PL debut and scored in the EFL Cup

At 17 years and 45 days, Ben Woodburn became the youngest goalscorer in Liverpool's history when he scored the second goal of the 2-0 EFL Cup quarter-final win over Leeds United on Tuesday.

Three days before that, he made his Premier League debut as a substitute in the victory against Sunderland by the same scoreline. The midfielder also helped Liverpool beat Reading 2-0 in PL2 Division 1 on 20 November.

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