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Nominees for October's PL2 Player of the Month

8 Nov 2020
PL2 Player of the Month nominees

Six youngsters shortlisted after impressing in Premier League 2 and beyond

Six up-and-coming talents were nominated for October's Premier League 2 Player of the Month award.

See: Man City's Palmer wins PL2 Player of the Month

Nominees were selected by the Premier League Football Development Panel after PL2 club coaches picked out the best performance by an opposing player in each of their league matches during the month.

October PL2 player shortlist
PL2 Player of the Month nominees: Bryan Fiabema, Isaac Fletcher, Joe Hugill
Left to right: PL2 Player of the Month nominees Bryan Fiabema, Isaac Fletcher and Joe Hugill
Bryan Fiabema (CHE)

The 17-year-old Norwegian forward scored four goals in three PL2 Division 1 matches. The second goal of his brace against Derby County secured a 3-2 win in stoppage time, while he also netted in a 3-0 victory against Arsenal and a 3-1 loss at Liverpool.

Isaac Fletcher (MID)

The midfielder, 18, scored a hat-trick and provided an assist as Middlesbrough recorded a 6-0 PL2 Division 2 victory at Sunderland. He was on target again in a 3-0 success over Burnley and played his part as Boro finished the month with a third straight victory, 3-1 at Norwich City.

Joe Hugill (MUN)

The 17-year-old kicked off October with two goals to secure a late draw at Blackburn Rovers. He followed up by netting in a 3-3 draw at Arsenal and provided an assist as Manchester United claimed a 2-1 victory against Everton, their first win of the season.

PL2 Player of the Month nominees: Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka, Cole Palmer, Rhys Williams
Left to right: PL2 Player of the Month nominees Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka, Cole Palmer and Rhys Williams
Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka (SUN)

Swedish forward Mbunga-Kimpioka netted twice to pave the way for Sunderland's first PL2 Division 2 win of 2020/21, a 4-0 derby success at Newcastle United. The 20-year-old scored another double in a 5-3 success over Fulham before getting an assist in a 2-0 win at Aston Villa.

Cole Palmer (MCI)

Palmer made his UEFA Champions League debut as a substitute in Manchester City's 3-0 win at Marseille during the month. In October, the 18-year-old midfielder also scored twice and provided an assist in a 4-0 PL2 Division 1 victory versus Leicester City, and he was an unused sub twice in the Premier League.

Rhys Williams (LIV)

Nineteen-year-old centre-back Williams has progressed from a loan spell at Kidderminster Harriers in 2019/20 to playing in the UEFA Champions League this season, contributing to clean sheets against Ajax and Midtjylland in October. He also made two PL2 appearances, scoring in a 3-1 win over Chelsea, and earned a clean sheet against Arsenal in the EFL Cup.

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