Nahki Wells and James Constable take League One and Two honours
Bradford goal hero Nahki Wells is always keen to give credit to his teammates when he steals the headlines; as he has done on numerous occasions this season.
And such is the modest and unselfish nature of City’s Bermudian international, no doubt he will dedicate his PFA Fans’ Player of the Month award for November to his pals as well.
Not least his strike partner James Hanson who has helped contribute to Wells’ 14-goal haul so far this season. Their partnership has been described as ‘one of the best League One has to offer’.
To have 14 goals to his name already this season is impressive enough; even more so when you consider he missed a number of games earlier in the campaign with injury.
He’s fit and firing again now, and his hat-trick in the comeback 3-3 draw against Coventry was one of the division’s highlight of the month. Not that Wells was prepared to take all the credit.
"I'm not the one who deserved all the plaudits," said the 23-year-old after the game. "Big James Hanson did well, the entire team did well really to get us back in the match.
"I'm just thankful that I could play my part in getting us a point. We're just off the play-offs with this point and it keeps us right in there."
Manager Phil Parkinson continues to be impressed by his star striker who, having plundered 26 goals last season, was linked with a summer move to either Peterborough, QPR or Watford.
Wells’ head was not turned, however, as he committed his future to the Bantams. Much to the delight and relief of Bradford boss Parkinson who said: “It is credit to Nahki because not once has he banged on my door wanting to know about any moves or speculation about him. He has just got on with his job.
"For such a young lad, that is a great credit to him and his family. I have dealt with young players before who have been linked with moves away and it can be not easy. Nahki's focus has been top class."
The PFA’s Fans’ Player of the Month in League Two, James Constable, is another player in the lower divisions whose ‘focus’ has also been top class.
It is already becoming a memorable season for the Oxford striker who, having taken his goal tally for United to 101 in total in the last month, is now just six short of the club’s all-time goalscoring record.
Constable’s goal in the 3-1 against Mansfield was a proud moment as he reached the century mark for the club he has served with such distinction.
Another strike in the 3-0 win against Morecambe took him to 101 and within touching distance of the record set by Graham Atkinson way back in 1974.
It’s a target Constable has had in mind for some time, and he says: “I would love to break the record, and it would be great to score between 15 and 20 goals this season to help us win promotion.”
Both player and club are on course to achieve their respective goals, with Oxford top and Constable showing the sort of form which should surely earn him a new deal when his current contract runs out in the summer.
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