Date: 2nd September 2017 at 12:13am
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The Premier League have now announced the eight youngsters who are in the running for the August 2017 Premier League 2 Player of the Month.

The eight players shortlisted for this month’s award have been drawn up following PL2 Managers nominating the best individual performance from each of their opposing teams across the course of the month.

And given August’s action, Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson, Blackburn Rovers’ Joseph Nuttall, Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu, Derby County’s Kellan Gordon, Fulham’s George Williams, Middlesbrough’s Marcus Tavernier, Leicester City’s Hanza Choudhury, West Bromwich Albion’s Kyle Edwards find themselves all nominated.

The Premier League have some blurb on each of the nominations for this month.

Kyle Edwards (West Bromwich Albion)

‘West Brom have yet to pick up a point in PL2 Division 2 this season but the 19-year-old, who has now gone on loan to Exeter City, produced impressive performances during their three matches in August.’

Hamza Choudhury (Leicester City)

‘Named captain after an opening 1-0 defeat by Manchester United, Choudhury, a 20-year-old midfielder, helped Leicester bounce back to beat Division 1 champions Everton and draw 2-2 at Manchester City. He also wore the armband in their Checkatrade Trophy encounter with Fleetwood Town.’

Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea)

‘The 16-year-old defensive midfielder, signed from Exeter in the summer, has featured in all three of his side`s PL2 matches, as Chelsea followed up an opening draw with Manchester City by beating Derby County 2-0, before a 3-0 defeat by Everton.’

Joseph Nuttall (Blackburn Rovers)

‘The 20-year-old summer signing from Dumbarton is the top PL2 scorer with six goals in three matches. A hat-trick in a 5-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers was followed by brace against Reading, before an 89th-minute winner at Southampton. He has also scored in the Checkatrade Trophy win over Stoke City.’

George Williams (Fulham)

‘The 21-year-old has impressed leading the line for Fulham, scoring his first goal of the season with a penalty in a 4-2 defeat by Brighton & Hove Albion before striking again as the Cottagers drew 3-3 with Portsmouth in the Checkatrade Trophy.’

Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough)

‘The 18-year-old forward has four goals in three matches, scoring the winner against Fulham and a 20-minute hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Norwich City. He also provided an assist in Boro’s 3-0 Carabao Cup win over Scunthorpe United.’

Kellan Gordon (Derby County)

‘The 19-year-old midfielder played in all three PL2 matches for Derby, scoring in the 3-2 defeat by Arsenal and finishing August by helping the Rams beat Sunderland 2-0.’

Reiss Nelson (Arsenal)

‘After featuring prominently in the senior team’s pre-season fixtures, the 17-year-old scored five goals in three Premier League 2 matches. He netted doubles in the wins over Derby County and Manchester City, and opened the scoring in the narrow loss to Liverpool.’

The eventual winner will be decided in a couple of weeks by a panel of the Premier League Football Development Department.

2016/17 PL2 Players of the Month