The first few months of the new Premier League season certainly haven’t disappointed, with 173 goals scored and 193 points already claimed – mostly by the two clubs from Manchester. Much like the 2017/18 title race which is already hotting up, there can be only one winner of the PFA Bristol Street Motors Player of the Month Award – so here’s a look at the six nominees for August and September.
Second-place Manchester United have started the season with a near-perfect run, the only slip-up coming in the form of an away draw at Stoke City, and star striker Romelu Lukaku has unsurprisingly played a crucial role, netting seven times in as many fixtures for the Red Devils and grabbing an assist against former club Everton. That was achieved with a whopping 31 shots at goal in a potent few months for the Belgium international.
Just one behind Lukaku in the Premier League scoring charts with six, Alvaro Morata has also started life at his new club in deadly fashion. The Spaniard’s strikes haven’t been spread out with the same consistency, however; he failed to find the net against three of Chelsea’s biggest divisional rivals in Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City, but made up for it with an emphatic hat-trick against Stoke at the Bet365 Stadium. Perhaps most impressively, Morata’s tally was achieved with just 13 shots on target, giving him a strike success rate of 46%.
David Silva rarely relieves the acclaim he deserves but even by the Spain international’s usual standards his form has been exceptional so far this season, notching up six assists in seven appearances and averaging the second-most key passes per match, 3.3, of any player in the division. Four of those assists came in September alone as Manchester City enjoyed a perfect record of four wins from four games, with an aggregate scoreline of 17-0.
He’s not quite been as prolific as Silva in terms of output but Kevin De Bruyne has been at the heart of City’s domineering run, orchestrating play from a slightly deeper midfield role yet still venturing forward enough to find three assists and one goal from seven appearances. That solitary strike came against Chelsea on Saturday, when the Belgian playmaker powered on from the engine room and unleashed a fierce shot into the bottom corner against his former club. All in all, De Bruyne has created a division-highest 24 chances this season, while winning nine tackles and taking 14 shots at goal.
Sergio Aguero’s made one appearance less than the majority of his rival nominees this season, having missed last weekend due to injury. But the Argentine striker has still found time to notch up six goals and three assists in the top flight – including a hat-trick and an assist in a stunning 6-0 victory over Watford at Vicarage Road. In fact, all three of Aguero’s Premier League outings in September produced at least one goal and one assist.
In stark contrast to a barren August in which he failed to score a single goal in any competition, September saw Harry Kane hit the net six times in a run of three braces that was only disrupted by a goalless display against Swansea City at Wembley. More than just his goals, however, it’s the way the Tottenham striker has taken the game to the opposition this season, especially away from home, that has stood out most, driving at defences with immense power and constantly threatening the space behind them. He’s quickly developing a reputation as the Premier League’s most frightening attacking prospect.