Lukaku Voted Premier League Player Of The Month

Lukaku Voted Premier League Player Of The Month
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Romelu Lukaku’s four goals in March have earned the Everton striker the Premier League Player of the Month award.

Lukaku received the accolade after moving to the top of the scoring chart, taking his tally to 21 strikes for the season with three deadly performances.

He finished March with two goals in a 4-0 triumph over Hull City, making him the first Everton player in history to reach 20 goals in a single Premier League season.

The 23-year-old Belgian claimed the prize ahead of Artur Boruc and Joshua King of Bournemouth, Nathan Redmond of Southampton, Crystal Palace’s Mamadou Sakho and Liverpool midfielder, Georginio Wijnaldum.

Chelsea Sweep Premier League Awards For November

Chelsea Sweep Premier League Awards For NovemberChelsea have swept the board for the Premier League’s individual monthly honours for November with Diego Costa, Antonio Conte and Pedro claiming the prizes.

Costa claimed the EA Sports Player of the Month award with two goals and two assists as Chelsea won three straight matches against Everton, Middlesbrough and Tottenham Hotspur to extend their winning run to seven consecutive Premier League victories.

This meant Conte was rewarded with his second successive Barclays Manager of the Month award.

Pedro received the Carling Goal of the Month award for his curling strike in the 2-1 win against Spurs.

Costa and Conte claimed their awards after receiving the most votes from a panel of experts, Premier League captains and the public were combined.

Pedro also came out on top after a combination of votes from a panel of experts and the public, who voted via the Carling Tap.

The Premier League 2 Player of the Month award went to Josh Sims, the Southampton winger.

Aguero and Koeman Named EPL’s Best For January

agueroManchester City striker, Sergio Aguero, and Southampton manager, Ronald Koeman, have been named the Premier League’s Player and Manager of the Month.

Both completed individual hat-tricks after winning the Barclays awards for the third time.

Five goals and one assist in January helped Aguero to claim the Barclays Player of the Month award for a third time. The previous occasions were in October 2013 and November 2014.

Aguero, who won the Barclays Golden Boot last season, scored once against Watford and twice each against Crystal Palace and West Ham United in January.

He completed 70 successful passes and had a shooting accuracy of 57% in his 349 minutes played in the month.

The 27-year-old Argentinian beat Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe, Liverpool forward, Roberto Firmino, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Dele Alli, the Leicester City goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel, and Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk to the award.

Koeman is the only Dutchman to have won the award and scooped his third Barclays Manager of the Month trophy thanks to victories by Southampton over Watford, West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United in January.

He piped Man City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, West Ham’s Slaven Bilic and Spurs head coach, Mauricio Pochettino, to the accolade, which he previously won in September 2014 and January 2015.

Andre Ayew Named Africa’s Player of the Month

Andre AyewGhanaian star, Andre ‘Dede’ Ayew, has been named African Player of the Month of August in the English Premier League.

The Swansea City FC attacking midfielder beat other shortlisted African footballers – Yaya Toure of Manchester City and Algerian Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City to win the award.

The CEO of New African Soccer, Tunde Adelakun, said that the 25-year-old got “overwhelming support in an unprecedented voting number count for the monthly award”.

“We could see why Ayew won the award and kudos to him and to the participants in the vote. He just came into the Premier league and hit the ground running – scoring spectacularly against champions Chelsea in his debut and playing well in the month”.

“Riyad Mahrez pushed him close, and well worthy of it too, as Mahrez, a bargain buy by Leicester for only around £500,000 has had a sterling 2015, and was the league’s leading scorer in August.

“But I think people looked at the quality of opposition that Ayew faced and used it in determining the winner this month,” he said.

Andre Ayew’s superiority had earlier been confirmed with the Premier League having voted him the Player of the Month in August, as he inspired his team to major victories.

Arsenal’s Giroud, Wenger Win Monthly Awards

ArsenalArsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger, has been named Barclays Manager of the Month alongside the Gunners’ striker, Olivier Giroud, who clinched the Player of the Month Award.

The Gunners won four Premier League games consecutively in March, scoring nine goals and conceding two.

The French international Giroud scored five times, with a brace at Newcastle adding to goals against Everton, QPR and West Ham in the English Premier League.

The Arsenal boss had earlier won the award 13 times, while this will make it the 14th time of winning the same award in 19 years at Arsenal.

The Gunners are third in the Premier League table with eight matches remaining.

They are seven points behind Chelsea, who is leading with a game in hand and Manchester City who is just a point ahead.

Arsenal’s remaining games also include a home match against Chelsea on April 26 and a trip to fourth-placed Manchester United on May 17.

Fifth-placed Liverpool travel to the Emirates on Saturday.

Although, based on current form, the Gunners seem likely winners against Liverpool on Saturday, Arsene Wenger is not taking chances especially as the international break could have affected the momentum. He just wants to keep on winning!

“It’s a big game and an opportunity for us to continue our run, which is what we want to do,” Wenger said. “We are on a strong run and we just want to focus on winning our games, winning the next one. Liverpool is a big opponent but we play at the Emirates and we want to do it.

“You know after the international break it’s always important that you come back and straight away you are on it.”

Liverpool Manager, Brendan Rodgers, is also confident he can get a result at the Emirates after a disappointing home loss to Manchester United.

“It’s a game we will want to get something from,” he said.

“In terms of the objectives going into the game, it’s no different to what it was before Manchester United. But of course we had a disappointing result and performance last time out.

“We really want to make sure we perform and give ourselves a chance to get a positive result.”