With the passing of Halloween, the spookiest period of the campaign is now over, and it was a month that certainly saw a few Premier League defenders receive a fright from some of the division’s best forwards.
Dangerous attackers such as Jamie Vardy and Ayoze Perez both hit hat-tricks in Leicester’s 9-0 win over Southampton on 25th October, ensuring that the Saints suffered an early Halloween scare six days before the big day.
Elsewhere, Crystal Palace maintained their impressive campaign so far with a 2-2 draw against Arsenal, a game in which Granit Xhaka made the headlines for all the wrong reasons after his unprofessional gestures to the Emirates crowd.
Forget individual outbursts and collective efforts for a moment though – let’s take a look at the individuals nominated for the PFA Bristol Street Motors Fans’ Player of the Month award for October…
Aston Villa’s captain enjoyed an impressive October in which he started to finally look at home in the Premier League.
Grealish netted a goal in the 5-1 demolition of Norwich at Carrow Road, while also proving to be the decisive influence in the 2-1 win over Brighton at Villa Park – the Villans No.10 scored the equaliser, and then set up Matt Targett’s stoppage-time winner.
The experienced Manchester City playmaker scored two goals in three Premier League games throughout October.
Silva scored the opening goal in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, and then found the back of the net once again in a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium.
The Portuguese right-back has enjoyed an excellent campaign so far, continuing his fine 2018/19 form that saw him record eight goal involvements in the league.
Pereira didn’t actually score or assist in October, although he played a starring role in the 2-1 win over Burnley and in the aforementioned 9-0 win at St Mary’s.
The mercurial Wolves wide man helped his side remain unbeaten throughout October, with some vital contributions.
Traore, formerly of Barcelona, scored both goals in the eye-catching 2-0 win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, and also played every minute of the following 1-1 draws against Southampton and Newcastle.
Leicester’s No.9 scored his seventh, eight and ninth Premier League goals of the campaign in the rout over Southampton, and also netted the winning goal in the 2-1 win over Burnley before the trip to St Mary’s.
Vardy now has nine goals in 10 league appearances this season.
The USA international impressed throughout October for Chelsea, to say the least.
Pulisic – a USA international – started the month with an assist for Michy Batshuayi in the 4-1 win against Southampton, before playing a cameo role in the 1-0 win over Newcastle at Stamford Bridge.
His most impressive showing came in the last league outing of the month though, when he scored a perfect hat-trick at Turf Moor in the 4-0 win over Burnley.