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Man City’s two-time hat-trick star James McAtee earns August PL2 Player of the Month award

Manchester City’s U23 star James McAtee has won the PL2 Player of the Month award for August.

The 18-year-old scored an incredible seven goals and also registered one assist in just four games, including two hat-tricks, as Man City’s U23s started this season in the same vein as last term.

McAtee becomes the third Manchester City player to win the award in the last 12 months, after Liam Delap and Cole Palmer both did so last campaign as City won PL2 Division One at a canter. They finished 14 points above Chelsea, scoring 79 goals in the process, McAtee responsible for seven of those – he has already equalled his goal tally after four games this season.

Both Delap and Palmer have made themselves part of Pep Guardiola’s plans. If McAtee continues in this form, he surely won’t be far off himself.

Brian Barry-Murphy’s men lead the way again this season. They started with a 0-0 draw against Liverpool before winning 4-2 at home to Blackburn, 4-2 away at Manchester United and 4-1 at home to Chelsea.

McAtee scored consecutive hat-tricks against Blackburn and Man Utd before adding a penalty against Chelsea.

He was also on the scoresheet as City’s U21s beat Scunthorpe 3-0 in the EFL Trophy and his impressive performances earned a call-up to Andy Edwards’ first England U20 squad.

The Young Lions hammered Romania in a friendly at St. Georges Park, with McAtee finding the back of the net for the ninth time this season already.

England U20 6-1 Romania U20: Gelhardt brace, McAtee, Rak-Sakyi, Mola and Weir also net

McAtee wins the award ahead of fellow nominees Evan Ferguson (Brighton), Omari Hutchinson (Arsenal), Dilan Markanday (Tottenham), Aaron Ramsey (Aston Villa), Dylan Stephenson (Newcastle), Jonathan Tomkinson (Norwich) and Harvey Vale (Chelsea).

The Premier League stated: “McAtee was chosen as winner by the Premier League Football Development Panel after PL2 club coaches picked out the best performance by an opposing player in each of their league matches during the month.”

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