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August 2018 PL2 Player of the Month shortlist announced

4 Sep 2018
August's PL2 Player of the Month nominees

Nine in contention for August's Premier League 2 award after fine starts to season

The nominations for August's Premier League 2 Player of the Month have been announced.

See: Loader named August 2018 PL2 Player of the Month

Nine players are on the list, with Brighton & Hove Albion having two, Aaron Connolly and Viktor Gyokeres helping the Seagulls make an unbeaten start to their first campaign in Division 1.

The shortlist below was decided by the League's Football Development Panel after PL2 club managers nominated the best performance by an opposing player in each of their August fixtures.

PL2 Player of the Month nominees
Aaron Connolly (Brighton)

The 18-year-old striker (pictured above, top left) scored three goals as Brighton beat Manchester City 5-0 after draws against Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

Angel Gomes (Man Utd)

Three goals and an assist from the 18-year-old forward helped Manchester United to an unbeaten start to their Division 2 campaign.

Viktor Gyokeres (Brighton)

The two goals for Gyokeres, a 20-year-old Swedish attacker, included a stoppage-time equaliser against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium. 

Tariq Lamptey (Chelsea)

The 17-year-old defender played a key role as Chelsea drew with Everton and beat Blackburn Rovers in their first two matches.  

Danny Loader (Reading)

The striker scored three times in a month in which he turned 18, also helping Reading open their Premier League International Cup campaign with a win over Leicester.

Luke Molyneux (Sunderland)

Impressive individual performances by winger Molyneux (pictured above, bottom left) were rewarded with substitute appearances in three first-team matches during August.

Layton Ndukwu (Leicester)

The 19-year-old Leicester City striker scored three PL2 goals in August as three wins took the Foxes to the top of the table. 

Xande Silva (West Ham)

Signed by West Ham United from Portuguese side Vitoria in the summer, the 21-year-old forward scored five PL2 goals in August, including a hat-trick in the 3-1 victory at Spurs.

Nabil Touaizi (Man City)

The 17-year-old Spanish striker scored back-to-back hat-tricks as City started with a 6-5 win over Arsenal and a 6-4 victory against West Ham.

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