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Premier League: Team, Player and Manager of the Month (November)
1st December 2015

Here’s our pick of the month from the Premier League…..

The awards exclude matches played on November 1st and 2nd (Everton vs Sunderland, Southampton vs Bournemouth and Tottenham vs Aston Villa) as they were counted as the final game week in October.

Team of the month
Pantilimon
Fuchs
Smalling
Alderweireld
Bolasie
Ozil
Schweinsteiger
Barkley
Vardy
Lukaku
Kane
Costel Pantilimon
Club:
Sunderland
  • Name: Costel Pantilimon
Before Sam Allardyce took over, Sunderland looked doomed and their goalkeeper looked indecisive. But ever since Big Sam arrived in the dugout things have drastically improved for the Black Cats and their Romanian keeper. The 27-year-old excelled in November, keeping two clean sheets and making 13 saves, as they collected six points from nine to move out of the bottom-three.
Christian Fuchs
Club:
Leicester
  • Name: Christian Fuchs
The form of Jamie Vardy has meant that other contributors to Leicester’s success this season have often gone unheralded. However, the Austrian full-back has excelled following his summer move from Schalke 04, helping the Foxes to a string of resolute defensive displays and also posing an attacking threat, as evidenced by his wonderful through ball versus Manchester United to set up Vardy’s record-breaking goal.
Chris Smalling
Club:
Man United
  • Name: Chris Smalling
Whilst Manchester United’s struggles in front of goal have been well publicised, the solidity of their defence, largely due to the performances of Smalling, has gone relatively unnoticed. The England international seems to have matured considerably this season, improving his concentration and reading of the game, to help the Red Devils go through November unbeaten.
Toby Alderweireld
Club:
Tottenham
  • Name: Toby Alderweireld
Alderweireld has slotted seamlessly into the Spurs back four alongside his compatriot Jan Vertonghen, solidifying a previously vulnerable and often flimsy defence. The Belgian reads the game expertly, always being on hand to cover the mistakes of others and is now proving why Southampton were so desperate to re-sign him. Spurs conceded twice in their three November matches and the centre-back also scored a powerful header in the thumping victory against West Ham.
Yannick Bolasie
Club:
Crystal Palace
  • Name: Yannick Bolasie
Much was expected of the Palace winger heading into this season but before November the Congo DR international hadn’t had the impact many expected he would. But three goals, one against Liverpool and two against Newcastle, showed his value to Alan Pardew’s side. As well as those strikes, the 26-year-old put in an impressive performance at Anfield and dazzled against the Magpies.
Mesut Ozil
Club:
Arsenal
  • Name: Mesut Ozil
Schweinsteiger’s international team-mate also gets the nod after being involved in a goal in all three of Arsenal’s matches. Despite the Gunners stumbling to two draws and a defeat in November, the playmaker produced two assists and scored once. The ex-Real Madrid star is having a brilliant season, with 11 assists and 58 chances created in England’s top flight.
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Club:
Man United
  • Name: Bastian Schweinsteiger
The German World Cup winner had his most productive month in the Red shirt to date. With no Premier League goals or assists heading into November, the 31-year-old took the shot which was deflected into his own net by Troy Deeney for the winner at Watford, before heading home the equaliser at Leicester City to earn his side a decent 1-1 draw.
Ross Barkley
Club:
Everton
  • Name: Ross Barkley
The England midfielder is simply having the best season of his career so far. In November, the 21-year-old continued to shine with three goals and two assists in three matches, helping Everton collect five points. Overall, the Toffees star has five assists and six Premier League goals to his name in 2015/16. He’s seemingly found the consistency to match his wonderful talent.
Jamie Vardy
Club:
Leicester
  • Name: Jamie Vardy
The hottest property in English football takes the Player of the Month crown for the second time in a row. Vardy’s goalscoring exploits have continued to astound the football world and the humble Yorkshireman now holds the all-time Premier League record for scoring in 11 consecutive matches. A penalty against Watford, strike against Newcastle and cool finish against Manchester United saw him surpass the 10-game mark Ruud van Nistelrooy set 12 years ago.
Romelu Lukaku
Club:
Everton
  • Name: Romelu Lukaku
Everton’s record signing has often lacked consistency but his performances in November have demonstrated why he is regarded as one of the league’s best strikers when in form. The Belgian scored five times across the month, including a brace versus a beleaguered Aston Villa, directly benefitting from the scintillating form of both Ross Barkley and Gerard Deulofeu.
Harry Kane
Club:
Tottenham
  • Name: Harry Kane
Kane’s stunning form in November has left his early season critics looking silly. The England striker started the month with a well-taken goal in the North London Derby, before scoring twice in Spurs’ resounding victory over West Ham. A quieter game against Chelsea followed but it appears as though Kane is back to his best after hitting the back of the net nine times in his last 10 club games.
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Player of the month
Jamie Vardy
Club:
Leicester
  • Name: Jamie Vardy
The hottest property in English football takes the Player of the Month crown for the second time in a row. Vardy’s goalscoring exploits have continued to astound the football world and the humble Yorkshireman now holds the all-time Premier League record for scoring in 11 consecutive matches. A penalty against Watford, strike against Newcastle and cool finish against Manchester United saw him surpass the 10-game mark Ruud van Nistelrooy set 12 years ago.
Manager of the month
Sam Allardyce
Club:
Sunderland
Big Sam was taking on the biggest challenge of his management career when he took over from Dick Advocaat at Sunderland. But after just six games at the helm, a team that looked certain to go down is now expected to stay up. Allardyce guided his Black Cats to two wins from their last three matches, moving them out of the bottom-three.
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