Town striker Connor Wickham was named the Young Player of the Year and Championship Apprentice of the Year at tonight’s Football League Awards in London.
The Blues frontman was up against Watford’s Will Buckley and Arsenal’s Henri Lansbury, who is on loan at Norwich, for the Football League Young Player of the Year Award and Adam Thompson of Watford and Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha in the Championship Apprentice of the Year category.
Speaking last week, boss Paul Jewell said Wickham, who turns 18 on the final day of the month, is having no trouble handling all the plaudits and awards he is receiving: “He’ll probably get a BAFTA as well!
“He’s in for that many awards that I lose track - Young Player of the Year, Apprentice of the Year, Chef of the Year, everything. It’s a lot for him to take on but I think he takes it in his stride and he’s a very level-headed lad.”
Well Done Connor :) keep up the work rate and the goals and no doubt you will be in premier league with Ipswich. That surely adds another 5 million to his price tag :) please stay :) no doubt he is a brilliant player so let's wrap him in bubble wrap refusing any offers for him in summer. We can't leg a player that will undoubtedly help us improve the fire power up front leave
Well done lad, I won't make myself popular on here and don't wanna seem negative but in very surprised about this, if I was Henri Lansbury I'd be slightly miffed, I would also not be playing for the budgies! It must purely be down to him being the youngest of the 3 nominees. He has flashes of genius but in my opinion the other 2 have had better seasons all round, just my opinion.
Well done Connor, thoroughly deserved. In my opinion the brightest prospect to come out of itfc in my generation and that includes dyer and bent. He has everything needed to play at the very top level. Part of me is desperate for us to keep him here to lead our attack next season but part wants him to move on for his sake and achieve what he can. Not saying another season at ipswich will hinder that, infact it would improve him but he is bound to not be short of offers this summer.
we just need to keep hold of him! darren bent stayed for a couple more seasons after the bids to get more first team football, now look where he is, unlike ambrose who hasnt gone far, wright when he was here the first time. I hope he does stay for a couple of seasons to help us out and learn his trade instead of going now to sit on a bench somewhere.
Well done to Connor, who really deserves all of the plaudits.
However, am I the only one to be irritated with awards being doled out in respect of a season which is far from over? There's more than a sixth of matches in the league still to play for goodness' sake!?!
Terrific news and he's still not even 18 yet. Keep up the performances and we'll be rolling in it come the summer. Obviously want him to stay but £10m+ goes a long way in this league. A bit of Jewell magic in the transfer window and FPR will be rocking again this time next season.
Congratulations, young Connor. This has been achieved in a season in which injuries, managerial difficulties, playing out of position and some dire football from ITFC, have all conspired to perhaps not show Connor in his best light. Wait 'til he really gets going next season - just hope it's for us....
Normally I enjoy Paul Jewell's comic gems and, yes, there are two many awards ceremonies in almost every walk of life these days but for a player at the start of what could be a glittering career I think it might have been better just to say 'well done' and let Connor make the gags if he wants to.
On the 'Lansbury has done more to deserve the award' question it is worth remembering that he is a loan player with most of the development of his career happening at the not inconsiderable resources of Arsenal. Connor is the product of a Championship club, although one with a youth set-up that would shame most Premiership clubs, and his award is recognition not just of his ability but the quality of the staff at the club.
Sadly, Connor is right in the middle of the shop window now. I think our chances of holding on to him are slim at best. But, if he goes on to be a top player, how nice to know that we and all at ITFC were part of his trail to glory.