Folarin Balogun and Caleb Chukwuemeka have been nominated for the Premier League 2 Player of the Month award for September 2021, informs the official website of the Premier League.
Arsenal striker Balogun enjoyed a prolific month, helping the Gunners climb into second place in the Premier League 2 heading into the international break, just a point behind champions Manchester City.
The England U21 international was involved in almost half of the eleven goals netted by the Gunners in September. He netted a brace against Manchester United, then tallied a pair of goals and an assist in the 6-1 rout of Chelsea.
Balogun was also on first team duties, playing the last seven minutes of a 3-0 win over AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup.
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Aston Villa U23 frontman Caleb Chukwuemeka, a summer signing from Northampton Town, caught the eye of the Premier League’s Football Development Panel after scoring five goals and bagging an assist in three matches.
The 19-year-old went home with the match ball in Aston Villa’s 4-2 win against West Brom on September 17. And ten days later, he scored a brace and registered an assist in an 8-0 rout of Stoke City.
The Anglo-Nigerian duo are up against Sam Burns (Blackburn Rovers), Alfie Devine (Tottenham Hotspur), Baba Fernandes (Nottingham Forest), Joe Gelhardt (Leeds United) and Jesurun Rak-Sakyi (Crystal Palace) for the monthly prize.