Bailey Cadamarteri has scooped the EFL Young Player of the Month award for December.
By his own admission, it’s been a ‘whirlwind’ period for the 18-year-old Owls striker, who made his senior league debut in November before scoring three goals and penning a new contract the following month.
Cadamarteri netted against Blackburn, Norwich and QPR, whilst also providing a classy assist for Marvin Johnson’s crucial winning goal at Preston.
The teenager said: “It feels really good to win the award. I feel like it’s a gratitude to my hard work recently and I’ve earned it, but obviously for my name to be on a list with some of the previous winners, it’s a complete honour and hopefully I can get to where some of the winners have got to one day.
“It really has been a whirlwind. This time six months ago, I couldn’t have ever dreamed of winning an award like this, I hadn’t even played any minutes in the Championship or scored any goals outside of the development team, so this really does top it off.
“It’s been tough, but I’m always grateful for the opportunities and I’ll always work hard and try my hardest. The manager has put his trust in me and I feel like I’ve given him a reason to trust me.
“The week before the Millwall game I was involved a lot more than I had ever been before, so I think at that point I knew he was taking me seriously as a player and it’s been great to work under him and learn under him. He’s a great manager.”
Further testament to the turnaround in Wednesday fortunes is Danny Röhl’s Manager of the Month nomination for December.
And Cadamarteri has given an insight into the buzz behind the scenes triggered by the German’s arrival:
“It’s a very positive place in the dressing room right now to be honest. The last few weeks since the new manager came in, things have really picked up.
“He’s brought a new structure to the place, giving people a level of positivity going into every single game and we firmly believe we’re going to get out of the relegation zone.
“The manager’s main focus is intensity and that’s what we play with. We want to be on top in games and work really hard.
“For example, he says if we work at that full intensity and you’re tired after 60 minutes, but you’ve given your all, that’s fine, someone else will come on and work to the same level to get the result.”