‘What a waste of money’ they said. ‘He’s not worth it’, they said. But Manchester United’s starlet has proved the doubter wrong in the best way possible, with his feet. Confirmed furthermore by his superb double at St Mary’s. His confidence is admirable and his ice-cold composure is more than impressive for a striker of his age. And at 19 years old, he’s only going to get better. Frighting.
The Wigan loanee has started the season in inspired form for The Terriers, and that was continued last week with two well taken goals against a hapless Bolton side. Huws is playing with real confidence now, and it it’s only a matter of time before Huddersfield make his loan deal a permanent one.
Goalscoring midfielders are vital to any side, and in Adam King, Crewe Alexandra have a young player who is capable of firing them up the table. Not only was his performance against Shrewsbury impressive, but his early, well taken goal proves that he’s a man for the occasion, and someone who The Alex can count.
Josh, son of former Hull City striker, Dean, has been a key component of Accrington Stanley’s great start to the season, and he kept up his excellent form with a brace against Exeter City. Windass has already begun to catch the eye of a number of clubs in the upper echelons of the Football League, and at this rate, Stanley will have their work cut out to keep him.
Barclays U21 Premier League
The televised #BU21PL fixture between Reading and Southampton was a great opportunity to impress in front of the watching nation, and The Saints did just that, cruising to a 5-2 victory at Adams Park. Jake Hesketh was the standout performer, pulling the strings from his position behind the striker. As well as his creative play, Hesketh has a great ability to make well timed runs into the area, which were rewarded as his second half brace put Southampton in the driving seat. The diminutive playmaker was on the fringes of the first team last season, and if he maintains his performance level, he is sure to get more opportunities in Ronald Koeman’s side.
U21 Professional Development League
Millwall’s young strikers have been in scintillating form of late, and last week, Alfie Pavey added himself onto the Lions’ Hat-trick list with a wonderful seven-minute treble against Coventry City. A real masterclass in finishing by the young forward made it seven for the season already! First team soon?
Final Third Development League
Rai Simons gets the nod in the FTDL for a fantastic individual performance at Glanford Park, as his Chesterfield side outplayed a strong Scunthorpe United outfit. To cap it off, Simons scored two well taken goals, including a brilliant curled effort to lead his side to the win.
Barclays U18 Premier League
With a first half hat-trick, Lewis Mansell was more like his Formula One namesake, Nigel, as he helped Rovers race out of the blocks to blow away a beleaguered Stoke City side. The pick of his treble was definitely his second, as he found the postage stamp with a beautiful curler. One to watch!
U18 Professional Development League
Leeds United – 6 wins from 7 games. Mallik Wilks – 6 goals from 7 games. It’s easy to see who the talisman of the side is, and with FOUR goals last weekend, Wilks is already catching the eye of first team manager, Uwe Rosler. His four-goal haul was rewarded with a place in the U21 side four days later, and it won’t be long until he starts banging in the goals for them too. Strong and quick with a deft left foot, Wilks has everything in his game to trouble defences up and down the country, and has the potential to go very far in the game.
Football League Youth Alliance
Ricky German played a key role in Chesterfield Youth’s big win against Lincoln with an emphatic double. Spireites fans should keep an eye out for this young marksman, and with the way he is going, it won’t be long before he is a fans favourite at The Proact.