As another month of Premier League football comes to an end, it's time to reflect on the good, the bad and the Sunderland. It was a pretty great month as we had extra drama with the EFL Cup, FA Cup and of course the transfer window. This was a crucial month in the season as we are starting to see the table take shape as we have only had 15 or 16 games to go. We have some awards for you to sum up this month perfectly!
Manager Of The Month
This category of late has been dominated by Antonio Conte, but this month he was nice enough to let another manager get it. We had three managers who truly stepped up this month as we have Ronald Koeman of Everton, Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham and José Mourinho of Manchester United. They all had great months but due to the amount of Premier League matches and taking in account their difficulty the winner is Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham!
It wasn't a perfect month of Pochettino and Tottenham, but they will be happy with their position going into the month of February. Tottenham scored 12 goals in five matches in the Premier League and only conceded three. With how good they were on both sides of the field they had three wins and two draws. They went into the month outside the Top Four and went up three places to 2nd. Even with injuries to Jan Vertonghen (and maybe Danny Rose), I still feel Tottenham supporters will be extremely happy with this month.
The Alan Pardew Memorial Award
As you guys know, this is an award we give out every month as we celebrate the worst manager of the month. We named it after one of the WORST managers to ever grace the Premier League, Alan Pardew. This month, there is only one man who can get it this month, It's David Moyes!
For years now Sunderland has been the Harry Houdini of relegation as they have finally seemed to have met their match and will finally meet their fate with a relegation to the Championship. Sunderland only scored three goals this month and have now lost one of their best players in Patrick van Aanholt. I love to hate, and I love Derby's so I do hope they somehow to stay up, so we have their rivalry with Newcastle next season, but I wouldn't count on it.
Side Note: Watch out Ranieri... You are next.
As someone who has a Man Crush on Harry Kane, it was interesting going into the season to see if Jamie Vardy was going to get the same treatment as Harry Kane as in being called a "One Season Wonder' and "Lucky". As always, the media picked a biased side and praised the English Striker instead of showing speculation for him for being one dimensional. This season Vardy and Leicester have both been awful as they are in a relegation fight and Jamie Vardy has only five goals all season. Now in January things didn't get better at all. He played three Premier League matches and had zero goals, zero assists and an average match rating of 6.06, which is to put it lightly, terrible.
Player of the Month
Most months, there is always a competition for the best player for the month, but this month there is only one player if you know the Premier League you already know who it is, Dele Alli from Tottenham Hotspur!
Dele Alli was on fire for Tottenham this month as he had five goals and one assist. He didn't just score against bottom clubs, but three of his goals were against Manchester City and Chelsea. This season he has been arguably the best-attacking midfielder and just keeps getting better. With an average match rating of 7.4, he was the only man who could get this award. Due to this insane month, he has the most goals out of any midfielder in the Premier League this season with 11.
Side Note: If you play FIFA Ultimate Team start stacking up Tottenham and MK Dons players for the Player of the Month Squad Building Challenge! (I know I am a nerd).
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