Norwich City’s James Maddison has claimed the EFL Young Player of the Month award after the midfielder scored three match-winning goals in a string of impressive performances throughout January.
The Canaries finished the month with nine points from a possible twelve in the Sky Bet Championship, with 21-year-old Maddison playing a key part in all three victories against Millwall, Bristol City and Brentford.
Norwich came from behind on New Year’s Day against the Lions, as German midfielder Tom Trybull levelled the fixture, before Maddison’s clinical finish across the goal sealed the points and extended the Canaries’ unbeaten Championship run to three games.
The 21-year-old was at it again a few weeks later, this time at Ashton Gate against high-flying Bristol City as Norwich won by a single goal, before a spectacular strike against Brentford rounded off a great month for Maddison.
The midfielder neatly stepped away from an on-coming defender and unleashed an unstoppable drive from all of 25-yards past Daniel Bentley in the Bees’ goal to seal another 1-0 victory and sign off an impressive month.
Reflecting on the month, Maddison said: “It’s always nice to get recognition and to win an award after a good month. I scored three winning goals which helped us get nine points and there was an assist included as well, so it was a pretty positive month.
“To have a defining season you have to chip in with goals and big players come up with big moments, so I am delighted to be able to do that for the team.
“I’m getting a nice little collection, which is always welcome to show what a good season I’ve had so far - hopefully it can continue.”
Attention now turns to the KCOM Stadium for Maddison and Norwich City, as the Canaries travel to East Yorkshire to face Hull City tomorrow afternoon.
Although their unbeaten run of games now sits at seven, Daniel Farke’s side will be looking for three points against the Tigers having drawn their previous five fixtures in the Sky Bet Championship.