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Nominees for February 2022 PL2 Player of the Month revealed

7 Mar 2022
PL2 Player of the Month nominees

See the seven players in contention for February's award after impressing at Under-23 level

Seven Under-23 players have been nominated for February 2022'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.

See: Palace's Rak-Sakyi wins PL2 Player of the Month

PL2 Player award nominees
Left to right: Luke Harris, Sonny Hilton, Juan Larios, James McAtee
Left to right: Luke Harris, Sonny Hilton, Juan Larios, James McAtee
Luke Harris (FUL)

The 16-year-old made a real impact for Fulham in February, scoring four times in two matches on the way to the club sealing promotion. Three of those came in Fulham's 6-1 victory at Newcastle United, with the striker netting a 10-minute hat-trick. Harris then hit the equaliser in a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.

Sonny Hilton (FUL)

Hilton was another key figure for Fulham last month. The 21-year-old midfielder followed up two assists in a home victory over Sunderland, by making one goal and scoring another, a penalty, against Newcastle. He ended the month with another goal and assist against Villa.

Juan Larios (MCI)

The Spanish left-back helped Manchester City's defence keep three clean sheets from their three matches. The 18-year-old also created one of the five goals scored in their 5-0 Division 1 victory at Derby County.

James McAtee (MCI)

The 19-year-old struck twice at Derby before his penalty set City on route to a 2-0 home success against West Ham United. The midfielder, who won this award in August, also earned a place on the bench for City's Premier League victory over Manchester United

Left to right: Luke Pearce, Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, Shola Shoretire
Left to right: Luke Pearce, Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, Shola Shoretire
Luke Pearce (SOU)

The 17-year-old forward enjoyed a prolific month for Southampton, netting four times in Division 2. He began with the only goal at West Bromwich Albion, followed by the opening goal and an assist in a 3-2 defeat by Birmingham City. Pearce then bagged a brace, including a wonderful solo effort, in a 4-2 win against Nottingham Forest.

Jesurun Rak-Sakyi (CRY)

The 19-year-old helped Crystal Palace enjoy an unbeaten month. The midfielder scored one goal and provided an assist in a 4-1 success at Tottenham Hotspur, before his late double earned a 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

Shola Shoretire (MUN)

Shoretire began February with a pair of assists in a 3-1 win against West Ham. The forward then created another in a 2-2 draw with Palace, before scoring the Red Devils' final goal in a 5-2 victory over Derby.

2021/22 PL2 award winners

August: James McAtee (MCI)
September: Caleb Chukwuemeka (AVL)
October: Dilan Markanday (TOT)
November: Folarin Balogun (ARS)
December: Tom Dickson-Peters (NOR) 
January: Calum Kavanagh (MID) 

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