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Chelsea's Bate wins December 2020 PL2 Player of the Month award

14 Jan 2021
Lewis Bate wins December's PL2 Player of the Month award

Midfielder claims December honour after playing key role in three straight wins for Division 1 leaders

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Chelsea's Lewis Bate has been named December 2020's Premier League 2 Player of the Month.

The 18-year-old played in a key role in Chelsea winning all three of their matches in the month, defeating Leicester City 2-1 and beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 before rounding off the year with an emphatic 6-1 victory over Manchester United.

The midfielder played every minute as the PL2 defending champions moved to the top of the Division 1 table.

"I was shocked when I found out just because of the level of competition there was among the nominations," Bate told the club's official website.

"To beat those players to the award is a special feeling and I know there have been great players to have won it in the past. I’m over the moon."

Bate topped a seven-man shortlist that also featured team-mate Faustino Anjorin, Folarin Balogun (Arsenal), Harry Chapman, Brad Lyons (both Blackburn Rovers), Nathan Tella (Southampton) and Harvey White (Spurs).

The England Under-18 international was chosen as the winner by the Premier League Football Development Panel.

2020/21 PL2 award winners

September: Sam Greenwood (LEE)
October: Cole Palmer (MCI)
November: Liam Delap (MCI)
December: Lewis Bate (CHE)

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