Joao Teixeira was named the winner of Brighton and Hove Albion’s Young Player of the Year award a week after seeing his season cut short following a broken leg, which he suffered in action against Huddersfield Town.
According to Sky Sports, the 22-year-old was named over the likes of Lewis Dunk, Rohan Ince and England Under-21 internationals Jake Forster-Caskey and Solly March to receive the award and it caps off a very successful loan spell.
As it stands, Teixeira is currently the club’s top goalscorer and with just two Championship games remaining only centre-back Dunk looks like capable of beating him to the club's golden boot.
The Portugal Under-21 international has netted six goals in 32 appearances this season, one more than Dunk and two more than Inigo Calderon in third.
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What next for Teixeira?
In any other circumstances, the youngster would return to Anfield full of confidence and ready to have another crack at breaking into the Reds' first team. However, with his injury, it looks highly unlikely to be early next season.
The key for the Portuguese midfielder now will be to return to full fitness and to get games under his belt before seriously looking to get into the Liverpool side ahead of the likes of Jordon Ibe, Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling.
Although the injury is a huge dent in his progression to becoming a first team Liverpool player, he can now show the management that he has the character and determination vital to making it at the very top level by returning to full fitness and earning a place in the side.