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Sunday 20 October 2019

Ireland youngster bags Player of Month award for West Ham U23s after hitting eight goals in five games

Ireland underage international Anthony Scully is in great form for West Ham
Ireland underage international Anthony Scully is in great form for West Ham

Ireland underage international Anthony Scully is enjoying life free from injury as he picked up the Premier League 2 Player of the Month award for September.

Big things were expected of the talented attacking midfielder as he climbed the ranks at West Ham but he saw his career stall somewhat following a string of injuries. His fortunes changed and in pre-season Scully, capped up to Under-19 level for Ireland, returned to peek physical condition.

The results on the pitch have been emphatic with Scully scoring eight times - and setting up three - in September after moving from an attacking midfielder to an out-and-out striker, the role he first occupied when he joined West Ham as a 12-year-old.

"It's a brilliant achievement," said Scully (20). "There were a lot of good players up for it, so I'm really happy to have come out and won it.

"I've changed position to up front, and I'm loving it, it's been really enjoyable. It's been a good month, and hopefully I'll just carry it on and do the same next month!

"When I first joined West Ham, when I was 12, I played as a striker. It's felt natural moving back, to be honest. All my chances and goals have been from inside the box; 'I'm the striker and I need to get chances to score, and I've had those from the other lads who are playing, so it's been perfect."

Scully is the first Hammers player to win the award since Declan Rice in 2017. Like Rice, Scully was born in England but he has no plans on switching international allegiance.

In a previous interview with Independent.ie, Scully said: "There is a great togetherness with Ireland, a real good atmosphere and I am enjoying playing for Ireland."

Scully's next natural step in his international career would be a place in Stephen Kenny's exciting Under-21 squad and with goals proving a problematic area for the Irish senior team in recent years, he could be another option if he continues this sparkling form.

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