Premier League 2 Player of the Season shortlist revealed

17 May 2024

Find out more about the eight academy stars who have been shortlisted for their displays in 2023/24

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Eight young players have been nominated for the Premier League 2 Player of the Season award.

The nominees have been selected by the Premier League Football Development Panel. The panel will also decide the winner, who will be announced on Wednesday 22 May.

PL2 Player of the Season nominees
Player Club Age Pos. G A CS
Zach Abbott Nott'm Forest 18 DEF 0 0 6
Leo Castledine Chelsea 18 MID 10 7 N/A
Jamie Donley Spurs 19 FWD 6 13 N/A
George Earthy West Ham 19 MID 10 9 N/A
Will Lankshear Spurs 19 FWD 20 2 N/A
Callum Marshall West Ham 19 FWD 18 5 N/A
Jude Soonsup-Bell Spurs 20 FWD 10 6 N/A
Michael Stickland Reading 20 DEF 1 0 6
Why the players are nominated

Zach Abbott: The defender impressed for Nottingham Forest, recording six clean sheets from his 21 appearances. 

Leo Castledine: Chelsea's midfielder showcased his quality in the final third by producing 10 goals and seven assists, playing a key role in the Blues' run to the PL2 semi-finals.

Jamie Donley: The Spurs forward has enjoyed a remarkable season, supplying an eye-catching 13 assists in PL2, while he made his Premier League debut against Manchester City last December, one of three first-team appearances.

George Earthy: A stunning season for the West Ham United midfielder, who registered 10 goals and nine assists in PL2, before scoring his first Premier League goal against Luton Town last weekend, a month after making his debut in the competition against Fulham.

Will Lankshear: Spurs' striker hit an incredible 20 goals in PL2, playing an important role in the north London side's run to the last four.

Callum Marshall: Northern Ireland international Marshall scored 18 goals for West Ham, and also made three appearances on loan at Championship side West Bromwich Albion.

Jude Soonsup-Bell: Former Chelsea forward Soonsup-Bell made a big impression at Spurs this season, scoring 10 goals and providing six assists.

Michael Stickland: A key figure in Reading's brilliant season, with the Royals making it through to the PL2 semi-finals, defender Stickland registered six clean sheets.

Past PL2 Player of the Season winners

2022/23: Carlos Borges (Man City)
2021/22: James McAtee (Man City)
2020/21: Liam Delap (Man City)
2019/20: Curtis Jones (Liverpool)
2018/19: Aaron Connolly (Brighton)
2017/18: Reiss Nelson (Arsenal)
2016/17: Oliver McBurnie (Swansea)

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