Flynn Clarke (Peterborough United)
The 17-year-old Posh academy product scored in each game in the group stage – his first three senior goals. His intelligence, ability to find space and good first touch impressed throughout, while his 25-yard piledriver in off the underside of the bar at Cambridge was a strike for all ages.
Dan Bowry (Cheltenham Town)
The only ever-present in a defence which kept a clean sheet in each of Cheltenham’s three group games. After being loaned out to Bath last season, his growing maturity was seen in his anticipation, timing, a willingness to use his physicality and even his intelligent distribution from the back.
Tyrese Omotoye (Norwich City)
Comfortable with either foot and just as happy facing defenders as running in behind them, the 18-year-old displayed both confidence and calmness in collecting a hat-trick in the 5-0 win at Newport, the third goal being a sumptuous curler. Also scored at Newport to make it 4 goals in three ties.
Harvey Saunders (Fleetwood Town)
With five goals in two games, the 23-year-old is currently the leading scorer in this year’s Trophy. He demonstrated his positional sense as well as his prowess in the air, with two headers against Carlisle (one of the diving variety) and another to complete his hat-trick against Aston Villa’s youngsters.
Josh Scowen (Sunderland)
The midfielder made the most of his season debut with a goal and four assists as Sunderland cruised past Aston Villa U21s with an 8-1 win. His pinpoint delivery from corners set up his side’s first three goals. Not content, he then slotted home his first Sunderland goal before slipping in Danny Graham.
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