Lincoln City’s Zak Elbouzedi has been awarded the Papa John’s Trophy Player of the Round for the second consecutive round, after one other goal-scoring performance this time serving to the Imps into Quarter-Finals.
His strike opened the scoring because the Sky Bet League One high-flyers ran out 4-0 winners against Accrington Stanley on the LNER Stadium in Round Three and Elbouzedi was impressed with the teams dominant show on the night time.
“Earlier than I scored I used to be very disappointed in myself as a result of I had two simpler alternatives, so I ought to have in all probability had a hat-trick,” he said reflecting back on the sport.
“However I just put that to the back of my thoughts, it was really good play by the lads and I used to be calm, composed and managed to place the ball away.
“This competition has given me quite a lot of alternative this season to play video games for Lincoln City, I just needed to make probably the most of it and I feel winning this award has proven that I did make probably the most of it.
His performances on this seasons’ Papa John’s Trophy actually caught the attention, most notably the attention of Bolton Wanderers manager Ian Evatt, who acted shortly to accumulate his providers till the end of the season.
The 22-year-old made his debut for the Trotters 4 days after netting for Lincoln in that Round Three win over Accrington Stanley, and expressed his delight at getting the chance to play regular football.
“Each footballer needs to play regular video games, so that you just must take the chance when it’s given to you and the fantastic thing about this competition is that manager’s give players a chance to go out there and present what they’re made of,” he defined.
“Fortunately that’s what I did.
“It’s a totally different challenge enjoying regularly and one I’m eager on taking, I’ve played a few recreation already however I haven’t confirmed the followers what I can do but.
“Hopefully I can do that after I’ve settled in a bit extra, and present them the player that I’m scoring goals and contributing like I’ve carried out for Lincoln within the Papa John’s Trophy.”
Elbouzedi now has the chance to play alongside fellow Irishman Eoin Doyle, who lit up Sky Bet League One last season with Swindon City.
Doyle was in impressed kind last marketing campaign netting 25 goals in league motion, and studying from somebody like him might be the key to Elbouzedi’s rise within the recreation.
“Each time I’ve played regularly I’ve scored goals and I feel as soon as I get myself going,” said the teen.
“I’ll hopefully score my fair proportion of goals for the membership and I need to put some on a plate for Doyle as well as a result of he actually is aware of the place the back of the net is.
“Bolton are a massive membership with enormous aspirations of getting back to the place they need to be and I just need to assist them, the manager has been sensible with me since I walked by means of the door and I feel he really believes in me.”