Joe Hugill.

Hugill nominated for monthly prize

Joe Hugill's smooth introduction to life at Manchester United has been reflected by his inclusion on the shortlist for October's Premier League 2 Player of the Month.

The striker, who signed from Sunderland during the close season, is still eligible for the Under-18s but has been pushed into Neil Wood's Under-23s squad ahead of schedule.

Hugill is hoping to succeed another former Black Cats forward in Sam Greenwood, who won September's award after shining with his new club Leeds United.

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Joe Hugill scores the equaliser against Blackburn.
Watch Joe Hugill's goals in the 2-2 draw with Blackburn's Under-23s.

The 17-year-old opened the month with both goals in the 2-2 draw at Blackburn Rovers, the first early on and the second a predatory finish for an 87th-minute equaliser.

He was on the scoresheet again when six goals were shared with Arsenal in another entertaining match on the road and helped the team overcome Everton 2-1 when coming on at half-time for Marcos Rojo at Leigh Sports Village.

The six players shortlisted for the award were nominated by the Premier League's Football Development Panel after Premier League 2 club coaches picked out the best performance by an opponent in league matches throughout October.

The panel will also decide the victor, which will be announced in due course.

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PL2 PLAYER-OF-THE-MONTH SHORTLIST

Bryan Fiabema (Chelsea)
Isaac Fletcher (Middlesbrough)
Joe Hugill (UNITED)
Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka (Sunderland)
Cole Palmer (Manchester City)
Rhys Williams (Liverpool)

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