Luke Hyam impresses England scout
HOMETOWN boy Luke Hyam could see his dramatic change of fortune capped by a England call-up.
The tenacious 20-year-old midfielder has been a revelation in Town’s last three matches – including the 5-1 destruction of West Ham on Tuesday.
And it could end with Hyam earning a shock call-up to the England Under-21s after a Three Lions scout saw him in action against the Hammers.
In a fantastic 48 hours for the youngster, Hyam also yesterday committed his future to the club after agreeing a one-year deal.
It is a remarkable turn of events for the Ipswich-born Hyam who had been unable to convince Jewell of his worth during the manager’s first year at Portman Road.
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But after starting against Hull City in the FA Cup, largely due to the unavailability of others, Hyam has finally nailed down a regular place and repaid the faith shown by the Blues fans.
England scout Alan Cork, the former Wimbledon striker, would have left hugely impressed on Tuesday night by Hyam’s best performance since his return to the side, a 90 minutes full of snappy tackles and simple ball retention.
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Now keeping illustrious team mates Jimmy Bullard and Grant Leadbitter on the sidelines, it is a far cry from just a few weeks ago when Jewell admitted he would not have stood in the way of Hyam going out on loan.
Since then, the midfielder – whose attitude was praised by Jewell – has won himself a new one-year deal.
Hyam said: “It was disappointing to be out of the side earlier in the season, but I’ve worked hard and forced my way back into the team and I’d like to think I’ve been rewarded with this new contract.”
While we understand Hyam was a player monitored by Cork, the England scout might also have left Suffolk with some positive things to say about Jay Emmanuel-Thomas who scored twice, including a long-range scorcher that deceived Rob Green.
While he turned 21 at the end of December, the age rules would mean Emmanuel-Thomas is still eligible for the Under-21s this year having already representing his country at Under-17s and Under-19s level.