Wednesday 13 November 2019

Ireland youngster Anthony Scully shortlisted for back-to-back Premier League 2 Player of the Month awards

Anthony Scully has been called into the Under-21 squad
Anthony Scully has been called into the Under-21 squad

Tony Considine

20 year-old Irish striker Anthony Scully is on target for back-to-back Premier League 2 Player of the Month awards after another two goals and two assists saw him shortlisted once again.

The converted midfielder now has 12 goals and four assists in his 10 starts this season and also found the net last  month in the PL International Cup against Wolfsburg. The PL2 is the top flight's U23 competition and rising Ireland star Aaron Connolly won the league's Player of the Year last season.  

Scully is the son of former Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers winger Tony Scully, the Dubliner who was capped ten times at U21 level and twice for Ireland B alongside future senior stars such as Shay Given, Stephen Carr and Steve Finnan.

Although Anthony was born in London during his father's spell with QPR, the youngster has been capped by Ireland at every level up to U19 and followed in his Dad's footsteps by winning player of the year at U15.

Injuries last season curtailed his progress and while he hasn't yet been called into Stephen Kenny's U21 squad, the form he is currently showing make his claims very difficult to ignore ahead of this month's vital qualifiers in Armenia and at home to Sweden.    

"I was very happy to win the award last month, as it is a great achievement, but my only goal was to continue playing well after that," Scully told after his nomination was confirmed.

"I never really thought about being nominated again, but to be up for it this month is brilliant, and I'm very happy.

"It's been a great month for me but, more importantly, it's been great for the team as we have maintained our league form and remain top of the league."

Scully is up against Jahmal Hector-Ingram and Jason Knight of Derby, Largie Ramazani (Manchester United), Josh Thomas (Swansea), Callum Wright (Leicester) and his West Ham team-mate, Nathan Holland.

Speaking about Holland, Scully added: "It's great to be up for the award alongside Nathan. We have a great relationship on the pitch, but also off it as well, which is why I'm delighted for him. 

"We love playing together on the pitch. We always seem to be assisting and scoring goals for one another, so hopefully that can continue for the rest of the season."

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