The Premier League has returned almost as if it never left us following a summer of glorious World Cup action. We’ve already seen 89 goals and eight red cards across 30 games, suggesting 2018/19 will be an even more dramatic season than the last. But away from the Premier League as a whole and onto the individuals who have impressed supporters most. Here’s the six Premier League nominees for August’s PFA Bristol Street Motors’ Fans Player of the Month award…
Sergio Aguero’s played a big part in ensuring Manchester City have started this season as strongly as they finished 2017/18, netting thrice in his first three Premier League appearances while averaging a joint-division-best return of 5.3 shots per game alongside Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah. If there’s one criticism though, it’s that all of the Argentine’s strikes came in the form of a hat-trick against Huddersfield. He did, however, hit the woodwork twice in a draw with Wolves last weekend.
Tottenham signings have a knack of not quite delivering during their first term at the club before exploding into life during their follow-up campaign. That’s certainly the case with Lucas Moura after his January arrival from PSG; he had to settle for a spot on the bench during the second half of last season but is now embracing the chance to impress in Heung-min Son’s absence, scoring three goals in three Premier League outings – including a fantastic brace at Old Trafford.
Yet another member of the three-goals-in-three-appearances club. Watford have started the season with a perfect record of nine points from three games and Roberto Pereyra has provided their cutting edge, most notably with both goals against Brighton as the Hornets won 2-0 on the Premier League’s opening weekend. He found the net with a beautiful curler against Crystal Palace as well, and has averaged 1.3 created chances and 1.7 successful dribbles per match in the top flight.
It’s not often goalkeepers are nominated for the PFA Bristol Street Motors Fans’ Player of the Month award but Neil Etheridge deserves some acknowledgement after heroic form throughout August for newly-promoted Cardiff City. The Philippines international has kept two clean sheets from his first three Premier League outings but perhaps more impressively saved two penalties as well, against Bournemouth away and Newcastle at home.
Sadio Mane has quelled any concerns that his place in Liverpool’s roaring front three could be whisked away by summer signing Xherdan Shaqiri with a burst of goals at the start of the campaign, scoring twice against West Ham on the Premier League’s opening weekend and then finding the net away at Crystal Palace as well. Also averaging 1.7 tackles and 2.3 dribbles per game, the Senegalese star is continuing to inject vital energy into Jurgen Klopp’s relentless side.
Full-back has become one of the most important positions on the pitch over the last five years and Benjamin Mendy epitomises exactly what’s expected from that role nowadays. After a horror injury last season he’s returned to Pep Guardiola’s strongest starting XI to record the most assists of any Premier League player and the Manchester City defender could’ve easily had more – his drive into the box against Huddersfield indirectly set up Gabriel Jesus and a later cross proved too much for Ben Hamer to handle, dropping into Aguero’s path.