An impressive 92 goals were scored in the Premier League last month, as February saw Liverpool suffer their first top flight defeat of the campaign and Aston Villa fail to clinch a single point from their three games.
But away from the teams and onto the individuals: here’s a rundown of the six players who impressed so much in February that they earned nominations for the PFA Bristol Street Motors Fans’ Premier League Player of the Month award…
Wolves No.1 Rui Patricio went the entire month without conceding a Premier League goal, with clean sheets against Manchester United, Leicester City and Norwich. The Portuguese shot-stopper also made an impressive twelve saves in three games, including five in the scoreless draw at Old Trafford. Only six Premier League sides have conceded less goals than the Molineux outfit this season, and Patricio has played an instrumental part in that.
February was a huge month for Harry Maguire as he played a pivotal role in Manchester United recording three successive clean sheets over Wolves, Chelsea and Watford. The England international also netted a thumping header away at Stamford Bridge to help clinch a 2-0 victory, while making eight interceptions and 11 clearances throughout the total 270 minutes of action.
Bruno Fernandes may be something of a Premier League novice after only moving to Manchester United at the very end of January but he’s taken to the English game like a duck to water. The Portuguese midfielder grabbed his first Premier League assist against Chelsea by setting up Maguire’s aforementioned header, and then stole the show against Watford with another setup and a goal to boot as United won 3-0.
The fact Dwight McNeil is performing week-in, week-out in the Premier League at the age of just 20 often gets overlooked, but his February contributions have certainly been recognised here. Last month saw the Burnley winger rank joint-second in the Premier League for key passes and accurate crosses – eleven and nine respectively – while he made the joint-most clear-cut chances of any player in the division with four. He capped off a fine month with a goal and assist in a 3-0 win over Bournemouth.
Richarlison shared the honour of finishing joint-top for clear-cut chances in February, but the Brazilian is by no means simply a supplier – he also netted twice in the Premier League last month, scoring in consecutive fixtures against Crystal Palace and Arsenal. However, he was unable to make it three goals in as many games because he drew a blank when Everton visited his former club Watford at the start of the month.
No player scored more Premier League goals than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in February as the Arsenal forward followed up a strike against Newcastle with a brace in the 3-2 win over Everton. Impressively, that return came from just nine efforts at goal, while the Gabonese striker was tackled just once across three consecutive spells of ninety minutes.