Another month of football has flown by, with a whole host of entertaining action on show. As we go into week 10 of the Premier League, Maryam Naz predicts which five players could get a mention in the build-up to the Player Of The Month award for October.
1) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Leading the charge is Arsenal’s resurgent striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabonese international has been in hot form in October, with five goals in his last four games.
Under Unai Emery, the 29-year-old has not only found a position to thrive in but also the confidence to repeatedly find the back of the net with skill and ease.Embed from Getty Images
His doubles against Leicester and Fulham ensured Arsenal vital points; alongside his sparring partner Alexandre Lacazette, he could push Arsenal to challenge the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool, should he continue his goalscoring streak.
2) Aymeric Laporte
When the 24-year-old first began life at Man City, there was doubt over whether he could adapt to Pep Guardiola’s style of play. But based on his start to this season, any doubts have been fully dispersed.
The Frenchman made it 19 consecutive Premier League starts without a loss in the 1-0 victory over Tottenham on Monday – the longest a new player has gone without tasting defeat in the English top flight.Embed from Getty Images
Combine this with the fact that he, alongside John Stones, has only let in three goals in their opening eight games and it becomes quite obvious why he is a crucial pawn in Guardiola’s hopes for another League title this season.
3) Mat Ryan
With no goals let into his net in over 270 minutes, the Brighton ‘keeper certainly warrants a mention in our October Player of the Month predictions.
Against tough, physical sides in West Ham, Wolves and Newcastle, Ryan’s shot-saving has been accurate in earning his side three cleans sheets in as many games.Embed from Getty Images
Given that they sit 11th in the table, fans of the Seagulls may not be too fussy over this mini winning streak. But surrounded by in-form Everton and a talented Wolves side means that Ryan may have to continue to reach new heights to ensure his side safe passage into next season.
4) Anthony Martial
It’s been a tough year for the Frenchman, but a start as prolific as this to the season can only be a good omen.
Four goals in as many games have allowed him back in Jose Mourinho’s good books; this involved a man-of-the-match performance against, then league leaders Chelsea where his double merited his side a draw.Embed from Getty Images
Martial followed this with a winning goal against an in-form Everton side, where he showcased his pace and skill on the right wing. If he can continue his good form into November, he may just be on his way into cementing a place in United’s starting XI.
5) Declan Rice
At 19, Declan Rice’s maturity and professionalism in the centre of West Ham’s defensive midfield has already attracted attention from the ‘big six’ of the Premier League.
Granted, the Englishman was put into the side after Jack Wilshere picked up an ankle injury, but this may have worked in his favour.Embed from Getty Images
Alongside captain Mark Noble, he has helped tighten up West Ham’s midfield. Combine this with his natural ability to play forward passes and proclivity to tackle well, the Hammers may have found a real gem of English talent.
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