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Gordon named September PL2 Player of the Month

14 Oct 2022
September 2022 PL2 Player of the Month

Crystal Palace's 19-year-old forward wins prize after scoring three goals in two matches

Crystal Palace forward John-Kymani Gordon has won the September 2022 Premier League 2 Player of the Month award.

The 19-year-old earns the accolade after scoring three goals across two Premier League 2 Division 1 matches. Indeed, all three strikes came in one outing as he hit a hat-trick in a 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

Gordon's PL2 displays earned him a first-team opportunity, as he was named on the substitutes' bench for Palace's 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.

 "It feels very, very good," he told Palace's official website. "All the hard work I've been doing is paying off and the reward tops it off.

"I've been training with the first-team basically every day and I'm enjoying it a lot. Tempo's high, intensity is high, but I've had to get used to it and now I feel like I'm blending in very well."

He topped a six-man shortlist that also featured Evan Ferguson (Brighton & Hove Albion), Omari Hutchinson (Chelsea), Mateo Joseph (Leeds United), Reyes Cleary (West Bromwich Albion) and Abu Kamara (Norwich City).

Gordon was selected as the winner by the Premier League Football Development Panel after PL2 club coaches chose the best performance by an opposing player in each of their league matches during September. 

2022/23 PL2 award winners

August: Sonny Perkins (LEE)
September: John-Kymani Gordon (CRY)

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