21-year-old Forward Shay McCartan Wins PFA Fan’s Player Of The Month

shay-mccartanAccrington Stanley’s young forward Shay McCartan has won the League Two PFA Fan’s Player of the Month award for January.

The 21-year-old Northern Irishman scored three goals in three January starts and one substitute appearance for Accrington Stanley as they maintained their play-off push.

McCartan scored a fine brace against League Two strugglers Hartlepool United on 19 January before adding another goal against Exeter City five days later.

Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman hailed the former Burnley youngster, telling the Lancashire Telegraph:” “He’s one of the best in the league at running with the ball and running at defenders, and the system that we play we need a player like that.

“I think long-term, for his own career, he can play at a higher level because he gives you that turn of pace and good control.”

The Northern Ireland youth international has taken advantage of top scorer Josh Windass’ absence in the Stanley side and boss Coleman believes McCartan has done enough to retain his place. Coleman said:” With what he has done in training in the last month it was going to be virtually impossible to keep him out of the team.

“It made it a little bit easier for me because Josh got injured and he took that position because he can play that position. But I would have had to get him in the team eventually because he was doing that well in training.

“It’s not a case of him just coming in because someone’s injured. He’s been pushing for a place for the last month to be honest.

shay mcMcCartan will be hoping keep up his form and force his way into Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neil’s plans for this summer’s Euro 2016 tournament in France.

Liverpool’s Roberto Firminho won the Premier League award while Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Hooper took the Championship honour and Wigan Athletic’s 22-year old midfielder Max  Power was voted the PFA Player of the Month for League One.

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