Scott Wharton could be about to receive a League Two winner’s medal, whether it is Bury or Lincoln City that lift the title.
The 21-year-old is on loan at Gigg Lane from Blackburn where he’s quickly slotted into their title-chasing side. He bagged a trademark header as they drew with Cheltenham last week, earning another vital point in their quest for promotion.
They’ve got a five point cushion in second, but are five adrift of Lincoln City who remain favourites for the title. If they win it, Wharton is in line for a medal anyway.
He spent the first half of the season on loan with the Imps, the club he helped to a play-off spot last season. Edged out by Jason Shackell, the left-sided centre back played 11 times for the Imps in League Two, enough for a medal.
It won’t be silverware he’s interested in though, it’ll be a place in the Blackburn squad and if his performances are anything to go by, he’s surely done enough.
He’s slotted easily into the top two sides in the division, kept out at Lincoln by a man with three Championship promotions. Had Shackell not taken the huge hit in wages to join the Imps, there’s every chance Scott Wharton would have more appearances and added to his solitary goal in the 6-2 win away at Port Vale.
Wharton has a little bit of everything to his game. He’s fearless, aerially dominant and has a cracking turn of pace. He was spared the ordeal of facing Lincoln when they met Bury just days after his switch, but since then he’s played six times in a side that was already a huge success.
He can operate at left back and has been seen in midfield too, always as focused and tenacious as ever. Tony Mowbray must be watching on wondering if next season is the one where Scoot Wharton finally breaks through.
As a player, he can’t do much more. He’s made 24 League Two starts in a calendar year with two of it’s most successful clubs, earning plaudits for both.
He might come away with a medal at the end of the season, but the only prize he will covet is surely a Blackburn squad number and a chance to prove himself on the bigger stage.
His performances certainly warrant it.