Date: 5th May 2017 at 3:42pm
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The Premier League have now announced the five youngsters who are in the running for the April 2017 Premier League 2 Player of the Month.

The five 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 April’s action, Aston Villa’s Rory Hale, Chelsea’s Mason Mount, Everton’s Kieran Dowell, Southampton’s Josh Sims and Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Donovan Wilson find themselves all nominated.

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

Rory Hale (Aston Villa)

The versatile central midfielder featured in both of his side’s PL2 matches as Aston Villa followed up a 2-0 loss to Division 2 champions Swansea City with a draw at Blackburn Rovers.

Mason Mount (Chelsea)

Mount started both of Chelsea’s matches as the Blues defeated Sunderland and drew 2-2 with Everton to make the Toffees temporarily wait for their Division 1 crown.

Kieran Dowell (Everton)

The 19-year-old midfielder scored one goal in two outings in April as David Unsworth’s side were confirmed as Division 1 champions.

Josh Sims (Southampton)

Sims, who won the award in November, played two Division 1 matches in April with his performances earning the 20-year-old two substitute appearances for Southampton’s senior side.

Donovan Wilson (Wolves)

The striker netted four goals in three PL2 matches as Wolverhampton Wanderers claimed second place in Division 2 and a play-off semi-final encounter with West Ham United.

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

March – Julian Ngoy (Stoke City)
February – Liam Walsh (Everton)
January – Oliver McBurnie (Fulham)
December – Jonathan Leko (West Bromwich Albion)
November – Josh Sims (Southampton)
October – Paolo Fernandes (Manchester City)
September – Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (Aston Villa)
August – Ethan Robson (Sunderland)