Nominees for February's PL2 Player of the Month

8 Mar 2021
PL2 Player of the Month nominees

Seven young talents shortlisted after impressing at Premier League 2 level and beyond

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Seven Under-23 players have been nominated for the Premier League 2 Player of the Month award after impressive performances in February.

The shortlist has been selected by the Premier League's Football Development Panel after PL2 club coaches nominated the best performance by an opponent in each of their league matches.

The Panel will also decide the winner, who will follow Leeds United's Sam Greenwood, Manchester City duo Cole Palmer and Liam Delap, Chelsea midfielder Lewis Bate and Aston Villa's Louie Barry in earning a PL2 award this season.

February PL2 player shortlist
Left to right: Nathan Broadhead, Liam Delap, Cody Drameh and James McAtee
Left to right: Nathan Broadhead, Liam Delap, Cody Drameh and James McAtee

Nathan Broadhead (EVE)
The 22-year-old striker began the month with two goals in Everton's 3-1 win at Derby County and ended it with a superb hat-trick as the Toffees beat Manchester United by the same scoreline in Division 1.

Liam Delap (MCI)
The 18-year-old forward netted six times for PL2 Division 1 leaders Manchester City, putting him five clear at the top of the scoring charts with 15 goals. Delap scored twice in three successive away wins at Leicester City, Arsenal and Brighton & Hove Albion, and registered an assist.

Cody Drameh (LEE)
Nineteen-year-old defender Drameh was influential throughout the month, helping Division 2 leaders Leeds United to four successive wins, keeping three clean sheets. He also provided an assist for the opening goal in a 2-0 victory at Norwich City.

James McAtee (MCI)
McAtee made four appearances for Man City last month and claimed five assists, taking his 2020/21 Division 1 total to a league-leading nine. The 18-year-old midfielder created two goals in a 3-1 win against Everton and added three more in the 6-1 success at Leicester.

Left to right: Connor McBride, Shola Shoretire and Ethon Varian
Left to right: Connor McBride, Shola Shoretire and Ethon Varian

Connor McBride (BLB)
Midfielder McBride, 19, enjoyed a productive month for Blackburn Rovers, scoring four times in just three matches. He netted twice in a 6-4 loss at Man Utd and then struck twice more in a 4-1 victory over West Ham. He was given a spot on the bench for Blackburn's Championship match against Watford.

Shola Shoretire (MUN)
Shoretire played in two Division 1 matches, scoring a hat-trick and providing an assist in a 6-4 win over Blackburn before converting a late penalty in a 3-0 victory over Arsenal. The 17-year-old then made his Premier League debut as a substitute in the 3-1 win over Newcastle, before becoming United's youngest ever player in a European match when he featured in a 0-0 UEFA Europa League draw with Real Sociedad.

Ethon Varian (STK)
The 19-year-old forward claimed three goals and three assists as Stoke City won all three of their PL2 matches. He set up both goals in a 2-1 win at Burnley, scored the winner against Norwich City and netted twice more and created another in a 3-1 success at Reading.

2020/21 PL2 award winners

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

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