Raheem Sterling – Manchester City Football Club
Raheem Sterling gets OTPN’s pick for the Premier League after scoring his first League goal for new club, Manchester City. After a turbulent summer full of abuse from fans and media alike, Sterling has shown tremendous character and self belief to rise above it all and show his worth at The Etihad. And whilst he has started the season in excellent form, there is definitely much more to come from the young England winger.
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Michael Keane – Burnley Football Club
For the second week in a row, the young defender has headed his way into the top spot for the Player of the Week award. Keane’s consistency and ability to effectively attack set pieces is a huge factor contributing towards Sean Dyche’s Burnley currently in play-off position, only five points off first placed Brighton. Keane finds himself on three goals, amongst the likes of Championship hitmen Benik Afobe and Clayton Donaldson – something we are sure he will be pleased about.
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Romaine Sawyers – Walsall Football Club
Two goals from attacker, Romaine Sawyers helped the Midlands side on their way to a handsome win over League One strugglers, Blackpool. With two well taken goals, everyone can tell that this is a player that oozes confidence at the moment. Whilst his first came after a clever and nonchalant poke through the goalkeeper’s legs, his second is already a contender for goal of the season. After receiving the ball on the inside left, Sawyers just needed a touch before unleashing a rasping effort that swerved away from the ‘keeper to swerve into the top corner.
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Michael Harriman – Wycombe Wanderers Football Club
QPR loanee Michael Harriman is sure to be keeping boss Chris Ramsey looking over his shoulder, as he has continued to impress whilst out on loan developing and gaining more experience. The midfielder opened the scoring in the 26th minute against Hartlepool and registered the left footed winner 30 minutes later to cancel out Carl Magnay’s equalizer just before half time. Harriman is now within his fifth loan spell whilst away from his parent club and has already matched his goal tally accumulated within his last two spells at Luton Town and Gillingham – in which he was pivotal for both sides season, playing over 30 games for both. Harriman has represented Republic of Ireland from U18-U21 but has yet to receive his call up for the senior side, should not be long now Michael…
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U21 Barclays Premier League
Stephy Mavididi – Arsenal Football Club
Steve Gatting has his U21s in exceptional form this season with four wins out of four so far. With the possibility of promotion on the cards, the young Gunners look like favourites to lift the league title despite it still being early within the season. However, Mavididi is arguably Arsenal’s most dangerous asset at this present moment in time and it is for this reason we have recognised him as the perfect man for this accolade. Mavididi has great positional sense and is always certain to pop up in front of goal during crucial periods of the game and test goalkeepers, displaying his high levels of concentration and mentality to win games during the dying embers of the game. Mavididi is amongst Arsenal’s top goal scorers this season and the likes of his teammates Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Dan Crowley and Gedion Zelalem flourishing during their loans, this might be a path for the youngster to embark upon before the end of the season.
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U21 Professional Development League Two
Johan ter Horst – Hull City Tigers
Johan ter Horst, already touted as ‘one for the future’ by Steve Bruce is proving why his name is worth the mentions following his transfer to Hull last season from Folkestone Invicta. Horst is known for his goal scoring ability and the goals he registered against Barnsley prove this young man will be a huge threat for Bruce’s side in the coming seasons. His dribbling and finishing is particularly impressive, as long as he can maintain and enhance upon these traits there will be no limitation to his ability and development as a young professional.
U18 Barclays Premier League
Lewis McNall – Newcastle United Football Club
Hat-trick Hero, Lewis McNall is a clear winner of our #BU18PL, with a quality treble against Manchester United. Nonetheless, a special mention must go to Callum Smith who weighed in with the assists on all three goals.
The combined distance of McNall’s trio of headers must have been less than ten yards, but as a striker, you always have to be on hand to make the crucial finish to a good move. He’s big, he can head the ball, he can finish and he wears the number nine shirt for Newcastle United. Ring any bells?
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U18 Professional Development League Two
Brodie Litchfield – Sheffield United Football Club
The Blades youngster gets our nod in the #U18PDL2 with a fantastic all round performance in his side’s demolition of Millwall. His goal was crucial in the opening stages, as it broke the deadlock and allowed his side to teach the Lions a footballing lesson. And some goal it was too; a fantastic individual effort, turned and weaving and swivelling and dipping his way through a bamboozled Millwall defence before unleashing a low drive into near corner. We expect Litchfield’s desire to take him all the way.
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Football League Youth Alliance
Jason Vincent – Plymouth Argyle Football Club
Jason Vincent stole the show in the ‘Mini Devon derby with a superb hat-trick. It was his fourth vs Exeter in four days, after the striker’s winner knocked the Grecians out of the League cup earlier on that week. Vincent’s performance pleased his manager greatly, and he will be looking for more of the same from his frontman as he seeks to get another fruitful season in front of goal.