December 2017 PL2 Player of the Month shortlist

6 Jan 2017
PL2 Player of the Month nominees for December

Two West Ham players and September's winner feature on five-man shortlist for December's PL2 best player award

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September winner Rushian Hepburn-Murphy is one of five nominees for December’s Premier League 2 Player of the Month award.

The 18-year-old Aston Villa striker is on the shortlist by Tottenham Hotspur's Shayon Harrison, West Bromwich Albion forward Jonathan Leko, and West Ham United duo Toni Martinez and Marcus Browne.

The list was selected by a panel of the Premier League Football Development Department after PL2 managers had nominated the best individual performance from each of their opponents last month.

Marcus Browne (West Ham United)

Marcus Browne, West Ham United

The winger impressed despite West Ham United losing to Division 2 leaders Swansea City. Browne also won a converted penalty as West Ham beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-0 last month. 

Shayon Harrison (Tottenham Hotspur)

Shayon Harrison, Tottenham Hotspur

In the forward’s only PL2 appearance in December Harrison scored with a clever flick as Tottenham Hotspur beat Derby County 2-0. The 19-year-old made his senior debut in an EFL Cup defeat at Liverpool in October and has been an integral part of Ugo Ehiogu’s PL2 side.

Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (Aston Villa)

Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, Aston Villa

The teenager scored a superb solo effort in a 3-3 draw with Fulham. After his PL2 performances last month, Hepburn-Murphy came on as a substitute for the first team at Cardiff City.

Jonathan Leko (West Bromwich Albion)

Jonathan Leko, West Bromwich Albion

The 17-year-old appeared three times last month, putting West Bromwich Albion ahead before they fell to a 2-1 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion in Division 2 on 19 December. He impressed two days after his 11th Premier League appearance, coming on in the 82nd minute at home to Manchester United.

Toni Martinez (West Ham United)

Toni Martinez, West Ham United

The Spaniard scored four goals in two Division 2 appearances during December, scoring once in the 3-2 defeat to Swansea before a hat-trick in the 4-0 victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers. He has 12 goals in 11 PL2 matches since his summer move from Valencia.

2016/17 winners

August 2016: Ethan Robson (Sunderland)
September 2016: Hepburn-Murphy (Aston Villa)
October 2016: Paolo Fernandez (Man City)
November 2016: Josh Sims (Southampton)

See: Past awards winners

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