By Dominic Toner
Aston Villa youngster Rushian Hepburn-Murphy has been named September’s Premier League 2 Player of the Month.
The 18-year-old has been rewarded with the monthly prize after scoring two goals for Villa’s Under-23s.
Hepburn-Murphy was also given a substitute appearance in the first-team against Newcastle, as his meteoric rise continues.
The Premier League website announced that the Villa youngster had beaten off competition from Tottenham defender Kyle Walker-Peters and West Ham striker Toni Martinez.
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The forward caught the attention of Roberto Di Matteo but must now hope to impress Steve Bruce, who was appointed the club’s new first-team manager on Wednesday.
Hepburn-Murphy has made two international caps for England’s Under-19s and is regarded as one of the upcoming talents at Villa Park.
The teenager made his full Villa debut last season in a Premier League match against Newcastle, when the club had already been relegated to the Championship.
His involvement in a first-team match this season suggests that he is on the fringes of the squad and at 18 has a big future ahead of him.
Villa are currently well stocked in the attacking department, with Jonathan Kodjia, Ross McCormack, Rudy Gestede and Jordan Ayew all vying for a starting role.
In other Aston Villa team news, Steve Bruce has earmarked a a major role for the club’s £53,000-a-week attacker.