Matty Lund of Rochdale AFC won the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month award for January 2021.
The 30-year-old Lund began his career with Stoke City in Premier League. However, he failed to make a name in the League. But he rose to fame after his permanent transfer to then-League Two side Rochdale. Lund left for Burton in 2017. But now he is back in Rochdale and seems to enjoy his homecoming to Rochdale.
Lund’s performance in 2021
Lund came back to Rochdale AFC last year in January. He plays in the center midfield for the club. He scored four goals and three assists in 2021. Therefore, his performance contributed seven goals to the total 18 goals of Rochdale.
But in a recent interview, he admitted having a clean sheet win than an award. Lund said, “I’ll take a 1-0 and me not scoring all day, every day,
“Getting the award for January is a great thing for me, but I’d give my Player of the Month award back if we could win 1-0 every game!
“It is a roller-coaster playing in those games. It’s enjoyable but, at the same time, it can be very disheartening at times.
“But we’ve never not had the belief that we can get back into games and we that showed that in the Crewe game.
“Even against the so-called ‘bigger teams’ we look like scoring goals, which is always good because it’s always hard if you’re struggling to create chances and struggling to get any momentum going forward. But that is a massive positive for us that we are creating chances.”
How Manchester United impacted Lund?
This season of League One is the best performance of Matty Lund. Charts show that he scored 11 goals this season. Therefore is ranking in fifth place and he might place in the top three in the future.
Lund acknowledged that Manchester United helped a lot in his growth. He used to observe the game of The Red Devil stars like Bruno Fernandes and Paul Scholes.
The midfielder said, “I’m playing a little bit higher than I usually do. I started playing a little bit higher at the start of the year, and it’s allowed me to get in the box a little bit more, arriving late and score goals, which I’ve been doing.
“It’s part of the game that I’ve always worked on and I’ve always thought I could score more goals.
“Bruno Fernandes scores amazing goals but it’s not really my game shooting outside the box and scoring goals like he does! But I watch him the way he gets in the box and, even before Fernandes, the likes of Paul Scholes, people arriving late, I’ve always thought that’s part of my game.
“I’ve always watched United and the way they play in the midfield. I’ve always thought that that’s the way I want to showcase myself and that’s what that’s what I’ve done over six months.”
What we can expect from Lund?
With the recent defeat against MK Dons, Rochdale only got 19 more matches to play. Lund’s club is with two points that keep them above the relegation zone. He wants to avoid the relegation he faced in 2019 with Scunthorpe. However, Lund is confident with his new club that they would not relegate from the tournament this time. He said, “We’ve been in situations like this before and a lot of the teams, if they are down there, don’t really have the experience that we do, in the fact that we’re used to losing a game or two and then bouncing back with a couple of wins.”It’s a tough league but, when we’re all at it and things go our way, we will get results.
“I’m confident. I’m confident we can do it is if we all stick together and we just keep plugging away and getting results.”
Congratulations, Lundy & Kwadwo! 👏#RAFC
— Rochdale AFC (@officiallydale) February 12, 2021