Still undecided over who gets your pick for February player of the month? Here are my top five.
Voting is open now for the No Nay Never – Burnley Express player of the month award for February 2014.
You can have your say by using the poll at the bottom of this page, or tweeting your nomination along with any comments with the hashtag #claretspotm. We’ll publish the best comments on the site.
With five goals in five games Sam Vokes has been enjoying some outstanding performances this month. He started with a double at QPR, demonstrating his trademark anticipation to meet the crosses of Michael Kightly and Danny Ings seemingly effortlessly. He got the winner at the Reebok before bagging another brace on Saturday’s stonking win over Forest at Turf Moor.
But aside from his goals, he has led the line admirably and been involved in everything the Clarets have got right this month.
Last week, Sam Marsden argued Kieran Trippier’s case for slotting into the England side. He wrote: “I don’t know about you Roy, but one of the things I love in a full-back is attacking pedigree, so it seems pretty outrageous that the English Dani Alves hasn’t even registered on your radar yet.”
Statistics showed he is the best-performing English right back this season, creating 12 goals – and he made that 13 on Saturday by delivering an inch-perfect cross for Vokes to head in after some mesmerising footwork.
That was his third of the month – he helped Danny Ings get our first at QPR and delivered to him again for the third against Millwall.
Talk of Ings’ dry spell shows how consistent he has been this season – for it’s only three games since he last netted. Some might discount him from this month’s award given his failure to score in the last three games, but I think he’s been out of luck more than anything – the effort and drive was all there on Saturday and he came agonisingly close on more than one occasion.
And lest we forget this award is for the whole month. He got three goals himself in the first two games, including a superb first-time volley at QPR and and a couple of incredible pieces of skill and finishes against Millwall. His assist for Sam Vokes’ second at QPR should be noted as some outstanding play, too.
A quiet end to February by his standards, but on reflection he just has to be up there still as a top contender.
Dean Marney and David Jones
After all those attempts, ‘Deaniesta’ finally converted one of those drilled shot from distance into a goal this month. Reason enough to give him the award if you ask me!
It came at a vital time too, giving us the lead deep into first-half stoppage time against Millwall after Danny Ings missed his penalty. But aside from that, the central partnership has been dominant in midfield once again. He and Jones might not grab the headlines like VINGS and Trippier, but their contribution is just as vital and impactful. They are the foundation for our attacking success and provide that barrier to protect the defence.
Too often overlooked, it’s about time we gave them some proper acknowledgement.
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