The lightning-quick prospect is the reigning Jimmy Murphy Youth Team Player of the Year, after picking up his award during the pre-season training with the Under-23s at The Cliff, due to the COVID-19 restrictions surrounding the Aon Training Complex at the time.

“It’s a special award to win,” he said of the Academy honour.

“When you look at the names who have won it before like Marcus [Rashford], Mason [Greenwood] and, early on, Ryan Giggs.”

He succeeded Greenwood in terms of getting his hand on the prize and became the first Scandinavian to win it since Mats Daehli in 2011/12.


Many of the Academy players forwarded Anthony as the main man when it came to the 10k runs they were doing during the first lockdown. Some suggested his times were pretty sensational and it showed when football resumed for the Under-23s last year.

“I feel the stats tell a lot and I have come back a lot stronger and a lot quicker, even more than I expected, to be fair,” he told us.

“Obviously, I put the work in during lockdown, though, and I am happy it has paid off.”