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Hammer nominated for award

West Ham youngster Sonny Perkins has been shortlisted for the Premier League 2 Player of the Month award for November.

The 17-year-old forward netted three times for the development squad in a month which culminated in his memorable first-team debut away at Rapid Vienna in the UEFA Europa League.

Starting the month with a clinical brace in a 3-0 win over Liverpool U23s, Perkins also went on to score the match-winning goal against reigning champions Manchester City U23s at Rush Green Stadium.

As well as scoring for England U18s against the Netherlands, the teenager came close to scoring with his first touch for David Moyes’ first team in Vienna, only to be denied by a fine save late on.

The other nominees for November’s award are: Folarin Balogun of Arsenal; Ziyad Lakerche of Fulham; Luke Plange of Derby County; Jesurun Rak-Sakyi of Crystal Palace; Jon Rowe of Norwich City; Thierry Small of Southampton; and Harvey White of Tottenham Hotspur.

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The shortlist was decided by the Premier League Football Development Panel after Premier League 2 club coaches nominated the best performance by an opposing player in each of their league matches in the month. The Panel will also select the winner.

They will be looking to emulate Manchester City’s James McAtee, Aston Villa’s Caleb Chukwuemeka and Spurs’ Dilan Markanday in winning a monthly PL2 award in 2021/22.

Perkins’ nomination for the Premier League 2 Player of the Month award marks a second successive nod for a Hammer this season, after Jamal Baptiste was nominated for October.

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I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter