Scunthorpe United’s Hakeeb Adelakun has been presented with the EFL Young Player of the Month Award for November following an impressive period for the high-flying Iron, including hitting winners against Northampton Town and Bradford City, while adding a number of assists.
The 21-year old was a key feature in a Scunthorpe side that remained unbeaten throughout the month of November, achieving maximum points in Sky Bet League One with four victories as well as securing their progression in the Emirates FA Cup.
Adelakun arrived at Glanford Park in 2012, joining the clubs youth system following his departure from West Ham United. Quickly catching the eye of the club’s management, he went on to make his EFL debut later that year, becoming the club’s youngest ever player at 16 years and 201 days old.
“Honestly, it’s unbelievable. I didn’t know I was getting this award and didn’t expect it at all, so I’m absolutely delighted,” Adelakun explained upon receiving the accolade.
Initially making an impact from the bench earlier in the year, Adelakun appears to have reached a turning point in the season. Throughout November, he consistently produced a number of impactful performances in all competitions, responding to the challenge set by manager Graham Alexander.
Alexander’s side are one of the form teams in the EFL and currently occupy fifth position in Sky Bet League One, just five points behind Shrewsbury Town and the automatic promotion places.
With six victories in their previous 10 in League action and just two defeats, Adelakun proved to be the matchwinner against promotion contenders Bradford last month and the winger was quick to suggest that any success is based around a strong team ethic within the group.
“It’s been a really good run for not only myself but also the team. It’s good to see that we’re all sticking together and fighting for each other.
“We’re grinding out results and believing we can pick up three points in every fixture. Even in games where I’m perhaps struggling in certain areas, my teammates are able to pick me up, and that is the same for everyone that features.
“I wouldn’t define myself as any type of player, not even necessarily a goalscoring midfielder, but I do think I’m a composed player and can finish well. It’s always a nice moment to score goals and I’m enjoying it at the moment.
“Now we have to just keep going and push ourselves to get better. The results have been a positive recently but there is a long way to go, so we’ll see what happens.”