Nominees for August 2021's Premier League 2 Player of the Month

6 Sep 2021
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Eight youngsters shortlisted for award after impressive starts to 2021/22

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Eight Under-23 players have been nominated for August's Premier League 2 Player of the Month award after their impressive performances.

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.

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

Left to right: Evan Ferguson, Omari Hutchinson, Dilan Markanday, James Mcatee
Evan Ferguson (BHA)

The 16-year-old forward scored in all three of Brighton & Hove Albion's Division 1 matches in a memorable month. He followed up his goal in a 2-0 win at Derby County with another as the Seagulls beat West Ham United 4-2, and then netted in a 1-1 draw at Liverpool. Ferguson also made his senior debut as a substitute in Albion's 2-0 EFL Cup victory over Cardiff City.

Omari Hutchinson (ARS)

The Arsenal striker starred in a 4-2 triumph over Crystal Palace, scoring twice, including a sensational solo effort after picking up the ball deep in his own half. He also produced two assists for Kido Taylor-Hart as the Gunners claimed north London derby honours with a 2-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur.

Dilan Markanday (TOT)

The 20-year-old showed terrific form across the month in Division 1, scoring as Spurs fought back from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with Chelsea and then hitting a first-half hat-trick in a 4-2 victory at Leeds United.

James Mcatee (MCI)

It was a prolific month for the 18-year-old, who claimed seven goals and an assist in four matches across all competitions. His haul included successive hat-tricks in 4-2 wins against Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United. Mcatee was also on target in a 3-0 EFL Trophy victory at Scunthorpe United.

Left to right: Aaron Ramsey, Dylan Stephenson, Jonathan Tomkinson, Harvey Vale
Aaron Ramsey (AVL)

Aston Villa's 18-year-old midfielder was a driving force in Division 2, scoring the equaliser in a 5-2 comeback win over Nottingham Forest and then finding the net again in a 2-1 success at Middlesbrough. He crowned a memorable month by making his senior debut as a substitute in the EFL Cup against Barrow.

Dylan Stephenson (NEW)

Having signed his first professional contract in July, the Newcastle United forward celebrated with four goals in an unbeaten opening three Division 2 matches. He netted in a 1-1 draw with Reading, followed that up with another in a 4-0 win at Birmingham City and finished the month with both strikes in a 2-0 triumph over Burnley.

Jonathan Tomkinson (NOR)

American-born centre-back Tomkinson has flourished in his new role as captain this season. The 19-year-old helped Norwich City to a clean sheet in their opening-weekend 3-0 win at Southampton. He also scored a 90th-minute winner as the Canaries recorded their second victory in three matches, a 4-3 success at Sunderland.

Harvey Vale (CHE)

The 17-year-old Chelsea midfielder registered three goals in his opening two Division 1 matches. He began the month with a brace in a 2-2 draw with Spurs and followed that up by scoring the Blues' goal in a 1-1 draw with Man Utd. Vale also registered an assist against West Ham and featured in the EFL Trophy as Chelsea beat Exeter City 4-3 on penalties, with Vale converting the first spot-kick.

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