Emyr Huws has capped an outstanding loan spell by being named Birmingham City's Player of the Month and earning a full international call-up.
The EDS midfielder has been winning plaudits from players, fans and pundits alike for his performances and scooped the Championship club’s February award with a whopping 74% of the vote.
Emyr Huws is one of the best players ive seen down blues in a long time #bcfc #MCFC— Sewellay ® (@GeoSewell) February 26, 2014
Huws has been rewarded for his strong displays with a call up to the senior Wales squad for the friendly with Iceland, and will be hoping to win his first cap at the Millennium Stadium on Wednesday night.
He told the BBC: "I was chuffed to get the call. t's good to be with the lads and around the squad, so I'm delighted."
Wales boss, Chris Coleman, said: "He is a young player who deserves his chance. He has done very well through the ranks at Manchester City and now, recently, has really done well on loan at Birmingham City.”
The 20-year-old played all 90 minutes of Birmingham’s match against Ipswich on Saturday, although unfortunately he could not prevent his side slipping to a 1-0 defeat.
Albert Rusnak was not involved, having been sidelined with a groin injury.
Another City loanee who has caught the eye of his national manager is Karim Rekik, who has been named in the Netherlands squad to face France. The Dutch defender has been a regular name on the PSV teamsheet this season, and will be aiming to force his way into his country’s World Cup squad.
Rekik told the media it would be a “disappointment” not to go to Brazil, and he will therefore hope to get minutes in Wednesday’s friendly.
Domestically, he played another 90 minutes in the Eredivisie at the weekend, playing his part in a 3-2 victory over the Go Ahead Eagles for PSV’s fifth win on the bounce.
In the Premier League, Gareth Barry chalked up another 90 minutes for Everton in their crucial 1-0 victory over West Ham, which keeps them fighting for a Champions League berth. The midfielder is consistently praised for his contribution to the Toffees’ cause, and teammate James McCarthy has added his voice to Barry’s admirers.
McCarthy told the Score: “It’s brilliant to learn from such an experienced pro as Gareth.
“I don’t think he gets the credit that he’s due to be honest.
I’m quite surprised that he’s not involved in the England setup but if he keeps doing what he’s doing, hopefully he’ll get the recall.
...James McCarthy on Gareth Barry...
“He gets about, he makes tackles, breaks up play, passes. He’s been brilliant and it has been brilliant to work alongside him.”
George Evans has suffered a foot injury while on loan to Crewe, so missed the Alex’s last two matches - a 1-0 defeat to Stevenage and a 1-1 draw with Swindon. Crewe have now drifted into the League One relegation zone.
John Guidetti was an unused sub in Stoke’s 1-0 win over Arsenal, while there was no game for Scott Sinclair this weekend, because West Brom’s game with Sunderland was postponed due to the Black Cats’ involvement in the Capital One Cup final.