Liam Walsh has won the Premier League 2 Player of the Month award for February.
The 19-year-old midfielder has been recognised for his consistently high standard of performances for Everton Under-23s.
Walsh has become a key performer for the young Blues who sit three points clear at the top of the league table with four matches remaining.
A particular highlight for Walsh in February was his well-taken goal in the 2-0 victory against Southampton, scored in front of a near 6,000 crowd at Goodison Park.
The Huyton-born youngster was presented with his prize by Under-23s coach David Unsworth at USM Finch Farm.
“It’s been a great season for myself and the team, and this just tops it off,” Walsh told evertontv.
“All the lads have helped me win this award. We are top of the league and I feel that personally I’m doing well.
“I put my good form down to hard work and dedication. I’m trying to do everything right in training and I’m grateful for Unsy pushing me to improve. I’ve got to give credit to him.”
Unsworth felt Walsh was a deserved winner of the accolade and commended his attitude both on the pitch and in the Everton Under-23s dressing room.
Walsh got his first taste of Football League experience with a successful loan spell at Yeovil Town last season and back in September committed his long-term future to the Blues by signing a new contract until June 2019.
“Quite simply, he’s been outstanding, not just this last month but all season,” said former Blues defender Unsworth. “He’s arguably been one of our best players. The potential that we’ve seen these last few years, we are now seeing it week in week out.
“He’s got a great consistency and very rarely does his levels drop below excellent.
“He’s a tenacious midfielder with great technical ability and a wide range of passing. He has got the lot. He has learnt about the physical side over the last 18 months and that part of his game has got better and better.
“Now he runs games - he doesn’t just play in 10 or 15-minute periods. Nine times out of 10 he is the player who has most touches of a ball in the game. It’s no coincidence that when Liam plays well, we play well.
“He has an amazing character, he’s the focal point. His personality is infectious and we’ll certainly need him during the run-in.”