Date: 6th January 2017 at 7:24pm
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The Premier League have now announced the five youngster who are in the running for the December 2016 Premier League 2 Player of the Month.

The five players shortlisted for last 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 December’s action, Aston Villa’s Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (September winner), Tottenham Hotspur’s Shayon Harrison, West Bromwich Albion’s Jonathan Leko, and West Ham duo Marcus Browne and Toni Martinez find themselves all nominated.

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

Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (Aston Villa)

The teenager scored a superb solo effort in a 3-3 draw with Fulham. After his PL2 performances last month, Hepburn-Murphy came on as a substitute for the first team at Cardiff City.

Shayon Harrison (Tottenham Hotspur)

In the forward`s only PL2 appearance in December Harrison scored with a clever flick as Tottenham Hotspur beat Derby County 2-0. The 19-year-old made his senior debut in an EFL Cup defeat at Liverpool in October and has been an integral part of Ugo Ehiogu`s PL2 side.

Jonathan Leko (West Bromwich Albion)

The 17-year-old appeared three times last month, putting West Bromwich Albion ahead before they fell to a 2-1 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion in Division 2 on 19 December. He impressed two days after his 11th Premier League appearance, coming on in the 82nd minute at home to Manchester United.

Marcus Browne (West Ham United)

The winger impressed despite West Ham United losing to Division 2 leaders Swansea City. Browne also won a converted penalty as West Ham beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-0 last month.

Toni Martinez (West Ham United)

The Spaniard scored four goals in two Division 2 appearances during December, scoring once in the 3-2 defeat to Swansea before a hat-trick in the 4-0 victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers. He has 12 goals in 11 PL2 matches since his summer move from Valencia.

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

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