The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

CHRIS Pow­ell has steered Southend away from relegation dan­ger and, in Elvis Bwom­ono, he be­lieves he has a gem.

The 19-year-old is a right-back by trade but has filled in on the left in re­cent weeks. For­mer Eng­land left-back Pow­ell has been im­pressed at how the academy prod­uct has adapted to his new role.

Pow­ell said: “Elvis is just a di­a­mond of a player. For a young player, he has the at­tributes to be a very, very good full-back.

“For us to trust him out of po­si­tion says a lot. Peo­ple think it’s easy to go on the other side of the de­fence when you’re a full­back, but it isn’t re­ally.”

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