Colchester United’s Sammie Szmodics nominated for EFL player of the month award
PUBLISHED: 06:00 09 January 2018
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Sammie Szmodics, who could be on his way to AFC Bournemouth in a big-money move this month, has been nominated for the EFL League Two player-of-the-month award for December.
Szmodics was linked with a switch to Premier League outfit Bournemouth over the weekend, for a fee believed to be in the region of around £1m.
And it is no surprise that the 22-year-old attacking midfielder has been catching the eye of prospective suitors, following a haul of 12 goals in 23 first team appearances this season.
December was a particularly successful month for Szmodics, who bagged five goals and an assist to propel the U’s into the thick of the play-off race.
In fact, he was only behind Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Liverpool’s Firmino in the goals tally for December throughout the top four divisions in England.
Academy product Szmodics has been nominated for the player-of-the-month award alongside Lincoln City target man Matt Rhead, Luton Town centre-half Alan Sheehan and Morecambe’s Callum Lang.
In addition, U’s boss John McGreal is among the four nominations for the League Two manager-of-the-month award for December.
The U’s were unbeaten last month, taking 11 points from a possible 15 in five matches, including two away wins at Swindon Town and Crawley Town, plus a 3-1 home win over high-fliers Exeter, when Szmodics netted a brace.
Also nominated for the manager’s award are Port Vale’s Neil Aspin and Lincoln’s Danny Cowley (both with a 13-point haul from five matches) and Luton’s Nathan Jones (10 points from five for the league leaders).
Bournemouth target Szmodics was an unused substitute during Saturday’s disappointing 4-1 home defeat to Cheltenham, although McGreal suggested that this was down to fatigue rather than any possible transfer speculation.
“Fatigue has been taking its toll. I changed a couple of players the other day (0-0 draw against Cambridge), and I did again today with Sammie,” said McGreal.
“Sam has got to understand at times – he runs around like no one’s business – he is turning into corners as well as this, that and the other. A few other boys have been fatigued as well.”