Keanu Marsh-Brown could be named Young Player of the Year at this year’s National Game Awards, according to Paul Fairclough

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Keanu Marsh-Brown looked back to his best against Forest Green Rovers on Saturday and the winger could be named Sportsbeat Young Player of the Year at this year’s National Game Awards, according to Paul Fairclough.

The 21-year-old, who signed a new long-term with the Bees in December, has netted ten times this season and created both goals in Saturday's 2-1 win against Rovers at The Hive.

Other bright talents mentioned by Bees director of football Fairclough include Luton Town’s Fraser Franks, FC Halifax’s Matty Pearson, Cambridge United’s Liam Hughes, Welling United’s Jake Gallagher and Wrexham keeper Andy Coughlin. 

Fairclough, who is also England C manager, believes Marsh-Brown is more than capable of playing in a higher division in the future. 

And he says the winger has a chance of winning the Young Player of the Year award at the annual event, which takes place on May 13 at Craven Cottage.

“At the moment Keanu is a winger who has got so much potential,” Fairclough, who is an ambassador for the 11th awards, said.

“You can watch Keanu and you can think Premiership all day long but on another day you can say he has a lot to do.

“I think once he has that consistency going, there is nobody better in the league as an attacking winger or an attacking wide man.

“There is a rich choice of young players in the Conference, not so many goalkeepers because I think managers tend to look at senior goalkeepers but Andy Coughlin at Wrexham has impressed me.

“He can actually caress the ball high up with one hand, bring the ball down and throw it in one movement. He is improving all the time after coming in late this season.

“I am also a big fan of Fraser and it was a great signing for Luton. He has got this calmness about him and this quiet authority which is great.

“And I like the infectiousness of Matty Pearson at Halifax. I think most managers in this league like players with loads of passion and energy and he has that in bundles.”

Barnet’s David Stephens is also in the running for the Goal of the Season prize, for his volley in the 2-1 defeat to Grimsby Town back in November.

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