The voting has opened to see who will be named Premier League player of the month for December. Eight players have been shortlisted for the award.
Here are the nominees:
Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)
The Spanish wing-back played a huge part in Chelsea’s run of results in December. Of the 7 premier league
matches played, the blues kept 4 clean sheets. Alonso kept up his great scoring record for a defensive player by netting twice, and also picked up an assist.
With 5 goals and 1 assist, December was a great month for the hammers striker. A brace at Bournemouth and the only goal in a 1-0 win against Chelsea were the highlights.
Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)
The reds man has been in great form for the free-scoring Merseysiders. The Brazilian forward found the back of the net on no fewer than 6 occasions and also chipping in with 2 assists.
Harry Kane (Tottenham)
The England striker has been on fire recently. His 8 goals in 7 matches included back to back hat-tricks against Burnley and Southampton. He also broke Alan Shearer’s record of goals scored in a calendar year with a final tally of 37!
Jesse Lingard (Manchester United)
6 goals and 1 assist has seen the 25-year-old hit the headlines. A brace at the Emirates in a 3-1 victory at the beginning of the month was the catalyst. Another brace on Boxing day to rescue a point against Burnley was the icing on the cake that has left United fans labelling him a saviour.
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
The Algerian showed some of the form that we last saw during the foxes title-winning season. The 26-year-old contributed 4 goals and 3 assists during December.
Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City)
The Argentine centre-back was part of a defence that kept 4 clean sheets during the month. He also contributed at the other end of the field with 2 goals. Most notably the winner in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford.
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
The Egyptian has been in sparkling form all season following his summer move from Roma
. December was no different as scored 5 more premier league goals to add to his already impressive haul. In addition, he also weighed in with a further 3 assists.
Stats courtesy of whoscored.com
So who will be crowned the latest player of the month?
I would go with Harry Kane. All the nominees look capable and deserving of the accolade, but the Spurs man edges it for me. Scoring an average of more than a goal per game is something special.