Nominees for December 2021 PL2 Player of the Month

10 Jan 2022
PL2 Player of the Month contenders

Five youngsters shortlist after impressing with their Premier League 2 displays last month

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Five Under-23 players have been nominated for December 2021's Premier League 2 Player of the Month award.

The shortlist was 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 in the month. The Panel will also decide the winner.

PL2 Player award nominees
Left to right: Reyes Cleary, Tom Dickson-Peters and Joe Gelhardt
Left to right: Reyes Cleary, Tom Dickson-Peters and Joe Gelhardt
Reyes Cleary (WBA)

The 17-year-old forward scored a hat-trick, including an 86th-minute winner, in a 3-2 victory over Middlesbrough. He then provided an assist in his other PL2 Division 2 match against Fulham. Cleary earned first-team involvement with a spot on the bench for a Championship encounter with Reading.

Tom Dickson-Peters (NOR)

The 19-year-old struck four goals across two high-scoring wins in PL2 Division 2, hitting a hat-trick in a 5-2 victory over Reading before netting again in a 4-3 triumph over Southampton. He was given a place among the substitutes for Norwich City's Premier League match against Aston Villa.

Joe Gelhardt (LEE)

Gelhardt scored in his only PL2 Division 1 appearance in December against Leicester City, before spending the rest of the month with Leeds United's first team, facing three of the Premier League's best sides. The 19-year striker came off the bench against Chelsea and scored an equaliser less than three minutes later for his first goal in the competition. He went on to play the second half at Manchester City and then the whole match against Arsenal.

Left to right: Sonny Hilton and Reece Welch
Left to right: Sonny Hilton and Reece Welch
Sonny Hilton (FUL)

Fulham's captain led by example in December, scoring or assisting four goals in his two PL2 Division 2 outings as they went 11 points clear at the top of the table. After finding the net in a 4-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, the 20-year-old midfielder struck again and assisted two more goals in another 4-2 victory at West Bromwich Albion.

Reece Welch (EVE)

The 18-year-old defender was a key figure as Everton kept clean sheets in both of their PL2 Division 1 matches. The eighth-placed Toffees beat Arsenal 2-0 before drawing 0-0 at Leeds.

2021/22 PL2 award winners

August: James McAtee (MCI)
September: Caleb Chukwuemeka (AVL)
October: Dilan Markanday (TOT)
November: Folarin Balogun (ARS)

Also in this series

Part 1: EA SPORTS Player of the Month nominees for December 2021
Part 2: December 2021's Barclays Manager of the Month shortlist
Part 3: December 2021's Budweiser Goal of the Month contenders

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