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Shortlist for September 2018 PL2 Player of the Month

4 Oct 2018
PL2 Player of the Month nominees

See the nine players in contention for September's prize after excelling in PL2

Nine youngsters have been nominated for the Premier League 2 Player of the Month for September.

See: Skipp wins September 2018 PL2 Player of the Month

The shortlist below was chosen by the League's Football Development Panel after PL2 club managers nominated the best performances by opposing players in each of their matches. 

Click on the player names for their club profiles. 

PL2 Player of the Month shortlist
Left to right: Daniel Butterworth, Aaron Connolly and Ryan East
Left to right: Daniel Butterworth, Aaron Connolly and Ryan East
Daniel Butterworth (Blackburn)

The 19-year-old forward scored both of Blackburn Rovers' Premier League 2 Division 1 goals in September, including the equaliser in a draw at Swansea City. He also played in the first team's 3-2 Carabao Cup defeat at AFC Bournemouth.

Aaron Connolly (Brighton)

On the list for the second successive month, the 18-year-old forward scored twice as Brighton & Hove Albion stayed unbeaten in PL2 throughout September. He also found the net in a 2-1 Checkatrade Trophy loss to Luton Town.

Ryan East (Reading)

A 20-year-old midfielder, East was instrumental in Reading's two wins and two draws in Division 2 last month. That included an assist in the 1-1 draw at Manchester United.

Left to right: Joe Lewis, Rabbi Matondo and Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka
Left to right: Joe Lewis, Rabbi Matondo and Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka
Joe Lewis (Swansea)

Lewis played six times in September. The 19-year-old featured in four PL2 matches, helped Swansea City draw with Villarreal in the Premier League International Cup and featured in a 1-0 Checkatrade Trophy win at AFC Wimbledon.

Rabbi Matondo (Man City)

The 18-year-old winger scored a hat-trick in Manchester City's 4-1 victory over Swansea at the end of the month to go joint-top of the PL2 scoring charts with six goals. The German also helped City beat Crewe Alexandra 4-1 in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka (Sunderland)

An 18-year-old midfielder, Mbunga-Kimpioka played a key role as Sunderland earned four Division 2 points in September. The Swede also featured in a goalless Checkatrade Trophy draw with Stoke City, and has since made his League One debut in October.

Left to right: Callum Roberts, Louie Sibley, Oliver Skipp
Left to right: Callum Roberts, Louie Sibley, Oliver Skipp
Callum Roberts (Newcastle)

The 21-year-old winger impressed despite Newcastle's three league defeats during the month. Roberts also scored as Newcastle United beat Doncaster Rovers 3-1 in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Louie Sibley (Derby)

At the age of only 17, the midfielder was one of the stars in three PL2 matches in September, also helping Derby County draw 1-1 with Paris Saint-Germain in the PL International Cup.

Oliver Skipp (Spurs)

A place on the substitutes' bench in Tottenham Hotspur's 4-2 UEFA Champions League match against Barcelona this week was reward for some standout displays by the 18-year-old midfielder in September. Skipp provided an assist in a 2-0 PL2 Division 1 win over Man City before featuring in a 3-1 victory at Blackburn Rovers.

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