Leyton Orient’s Moses Odubajo has been awarded The Football League’s Young Player of the Month Award for April. The award covers players that play in all of the Sky Bet Football League
Moses helped Orient to seven points in the month as they finished the season strongly, having already seen his goal tally reach double figures for the season for the first time in his career. The Greenwich-born player has had an outstanding campaign, and played a crucial role in helping the O’s reach Sunday’s Sky Bet League 1 Play-Off Final by finding the net in the first leg of the semi-final against Peterborough United, together with an outstanding performance in the return leg at the Matchroom Stadium.
The 20 year old midfielder is a product of Leyton Orient’s youth team, having made his first team debut for the club as a teenager in September 2011.
On receiving the award, Moses said: “When I got the phone call I was shocked that I was even in contention to win it. I’m still a bit shocked I’ve even won it. I was just focusing on the team, to get as many points as we could and finish as high as we could.
“It’s been an important season and I’m learning every game. It would be a massive achievement to gain promotion as not many people can do that in their career. I couldn’t imagine how big it is for some of the fans who come week in, week out. It is going to be a great atmosphere.”
Leyton Orient Manager Russell Slade added, “I think Moses thoroughly deserves this award. Moreover I’m a little bit surprised he has not had a call-up for England Under-20s or Under-21s as he has had a magnificent season.
“His level of consistency for a 20-year-old has been phenomenal. He has scored 11 goals this season and added many assists. He has made over 100 appearances and there are not many 20-year-olds who have done that at any level in the country.
“He is still very level-headed and has a fantastic attitude. He has great ability off both feet and could play at a higher level. There are only good things round the corner for Moses Odubajo – he is learning all the time.”
Each season, Football League clubs invest more than £59m on identifying, training and educating the next generation of football talent.
There are 8,700 young players registered with League clubs making Football League Youth Development the largest centrally co-ordinated young player programme in world football. In the 2013/14 season, 215 players aged 21 or under made their professional debuts for Football League clubs.
David Wetherall, Head of Youth Development at The Football League, said, “Moses has had an exceptional season and is fully deserving of this recognition. At just 20 he already has a lot of experience and will be looking to use that at Wembley on Sunday .”
Each month the accolade is awarded by The Football League to the young player who has made the most significant contribution and impact in first team football. To be eligible the player must be either under 21 years of age or be playing in the season during which he turns 21. Currently a third of all players registered with Football League clubs are eligible to be considered for this award.
For more information on the award and each month’s winner visit www.football-league.co.uk