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.
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.