Josh Thomas "gobsmacked" by PL2 Player of the Month nomination
Swansea City Under-23s forward Josh Thomas says he is still in a state of disbelief following his nomination for October’s Premier League 2 Player of the Month award.
The 17-year-old, who only broke into the under-23s squad in the early stages of this season, was named on the eight-man shortlist for the accolade after impressing for the development side in their defeats against Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion.
Despite the results, Thomas carried a great threat for the young Swans with determined runs down the wing, while he more than held his own against experienced West Brom centre-half Ahmed Hegazi in the showdown at The Hawthorns.
The shortlist was decided by the Premier League’s Football Development Panel after PL2 club coaches nominated the best performance by an opposing player in each of their league matches in October.
Thomas has made 10 appearances for the development side this season, while also netting five goals in 10 games for the under-18s.
The first-year scholar, who also recently scored his first goal for Wales at under-19 level, admits he is still stunned by his nomination.
“When I first found out, I couldn’t believe it,” he said.
“It was half an hour before training and one of the lads showed me.
“I thought I did alright against Manchester United and West Brom – even though the second game was frustrating – but I was really happy to be chosen.
“For other coaches to have voted for me, I was gobsmacked.
“I still can’t quite believe it. To be recognised by these clubs is a great feeling – and one of the best I’ve had this year. I’ve taken a lot of confidence from it.”
The other nominees for the award include West Ham United duo Anthony Scully and Nathan Holland, as well as Manchester United forward Largie Ramazani.
Derby County’s Jason Knight and Jahmal Hector-Ingram are also on the shortlist, as is Callum Wright of Leicester City.