Crewe Alexandra youngster Nick Powell has won December’s Football League Young Player of the Month award.
The highly rated 17-year-old winger became an Apprentice at Crewe in the summer of 2010 after first joining the Club as a 5-year-old.
He was immediately thrust into the first-team and made 19 appearances for the Club last term. This season he has continued to be a regular member of Alex’s first XI making 24 appearances and scoring 6 goals.
His last two goals came in Crewe’s 5-2 win at Bristol Rovers on New Year’s Eve. And Powell who was shocked but delighted to win the first major award of his career believes there are plenty more to come as he continues to learn his trade in Alex’s first-team.
“In December, I think I did well, even though I was pretty disappointed that I didn’t score until the Bristol Rovers game, but that was a great end to the month,” he told the Club’s website.
“I still think there is a lot more for me to learn though. I have only just started to become a first-team regular and while I have been pleased with my form over the last few months, hopefully that can continue and I can help push Crewe into the play-offs.”
While the England youth international is not short of confidence on the pitch, even he admitted his surprise at how well things have gone in his fledgling career.
“To be honest I thought I’d be on the fringes of the side like I was last season, so to be starting games is brilliant for me and now to win this award I can’t ask for much more than that. It’s a great achievement for me.”