Hard-Working Wood Makes It Into 'LFE XI'

Teenage Burnley striker Tommy Wood has been recognised for his work on and off the pitch by League Football Education.

Wood, 18, who has just been awarded a third-year scholarship at Turf Moor after helping the Clarets’ under-18s finish second in the North-West Youth Alliance, has been included in ‘The 11’ for June by LFE.

The nomination acknowledges the football and academic progress of Under-18 players on apprenticeships at current or former English Football League clubs and is also designed to assess other factors, including involvement in community or charity-based initiatives.  

“This is a fitting ‘selection’ for Tommy to reflect the efforts he has put into his football and his off-the-field commitments this season and shows that hard work does pay off now and, hopefully, in his future career at Turf Moor,” said Burnley’s Academy Manager Jonathan Pepper. 

Judged by LFE’s team of regional officers, this accolade recognises the overall development of young players, a barometer which is also applied to the LFE Apprentice of the Year Awards presented at The EFL Awards dinner next month. 

Two members of the England side which has just reached the semi-final of the Under-20 World Cup for the first time since 1993, Ademola Lookman, who joined Everton from Charlton in January, and AFC Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook (formerly Leeds United) were previously both named in ‘The 11’ ahead of becoming the Championship’s Apprentice of the Year.

The 11 – June 2017:

Tom Scott (AFC Wimbledon)

Oliver Mulders (Birmingham City)

Lewis Thompson (Blackburn Rovers)

Tommy Wood (Burnley)

Billy Crellin (Fleetwood Town)

Sam Dalby (Leyton Orient)

Luke Andersen (Lincoln City)

Hugo Logan (Milton Keynes Dons)

Rhys Kavanagh (Newport County)

Tyler Smith (Sheffield United)

Matthew Taylor (Wigan Athletic)

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