Player of the Month: February winners

The winners of the Sky Bet EFL Player of the Month Awards for February are…

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Sky Bet Championship: Teemu Pukki (Norwich City)

Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki has been named the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for February.  
Pukki’s goal droughts don’t are inclined to last lengthy. His means to stealthily step away from defenders and time his runs means he’ll all the time create alternatives for himself. Seven goals in as many video games took Norwich back to the top.

Norwich manager Daniel Farke said: “It was a very good month for us and a very good month for Teemu. We’re happy for him, as a result of his performances have been excellent of late and this award is well deserved.

“He was all the time there with key goals. He isn’t the kind of player to score fancy goals in big victories, he’s all the time there with crucial goals at essential instances. 

“It isn’t just his goals, his workload for the team is top class. His urgent, defensive work and work against the ball. He’s a top player and all of us ought to worth that we now have him enjoying within the yellow jersey.”

Pukki said: “It was a great month. There have been quite a lot of Norwich City players who might have gained this prize, however I used to be really happy on a private level with how I carried out.

“In the end, it’s in regards to the collective. It’s good to win a person award, however there’s just one prize I’m focussed on this season and that’s the Premier League. It’s a pleasant moment, however within the end it gained’t imply something if we don’t full our goal of getting promoted.”

Sky Sports activities’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Pukki’s type was relentless in February, scoring seven goals in 5 video games unfold over just 15 days.

“Last time he played within the Championship he collected the division’s Golden Boot after scoring 29 goals and while he has all of it to do when it comes to reeling in Ivan Toney, you wouldn’t bet against him surpassing his earlier best season, having banged in 20 league goals already.”

Sky Bet EFL dealer Ivor Davies said: “Seven goals in 5 video games from Pukki put his side inside touching distance of a return to the Premier League.

“The Canaries at the moment are ten points away from second place with eleven video games left and at odds of 1/66 are just about assured to be promoted back to the top flight.

“With twenty league goals to his title thus far this season, Pukki is second within the scorer charts, 5 behind Ivan Toney and 5/1 second favorite (from 10/1 on the start of the month) to win the Championship Golden Boot for the second time.

“Pukki and his team mates shall be trying to wrap up the league title as soon as they will and are into 1/10 to do so from 10/11 on the start of the month.”

Sky Bet League One: Jonson Clarke-Harris (Peterborough United)

Peterborough United striker Jonson Clarke-Harris has been named the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month for February. 

Clarke-Harris scored in each one in every of his six February video games with eight goals in complete to carry Peterborough to the top of League One. His intelligent motion will be seen within the dynamic understanding he has fashioned with Sammie Szmodics and Siriki Dembele.

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson said: “Jonson totally deserves the award. To score as many goals as he did within the month and it wasn’t just his goals, it was his all-round play that helped us have such a very good month. He has had a really good season on the entire, he just must finish it off now and he needs to do that.”

Clarke-Harris said: “I’m delighted to win the award, however is extra recognition for my team-mates and everybody on the membership as a result of we had a really good February as a collective.

“It was great to score as many goals as I did as a result of which means my confidence is sky excessive, nevertheless it was extra essential that we gained the video games of football.

“By way of the best goal I scored within the month, it could be the second goal I scored at Gillingham (a), it was a very good ball in from Joe Ward and I managed to get a very good flick on it to take it into the back of the net.”

Sky Sports activities’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Peterborough have achieved it once more with their recruitment, plucking Clarke-Harris from Bristol Rovers and giving him the service he must thrive, just as they did with Ivan Toney last season and numerous different strikers which have lit up League One and gone on to succeed at increased ranges.

“Dropping a player of Toney’s high quality was all the time going to be a massive blow to any team however the best way Clarke-Harris has taken up the mantle, with 21 league goals already to his title, has been nothing short of phenomenal. Scoring in all 6 February matches, a complete of 8 goals is a terrific effort.”

Sky Bet EFL dealer Ivor Davies said: “Jonson Clarke-Harris leads the goalscoring charts in League One with a career excessive twenty one goals thus far this season and on the present odds of 4/6 for promotion this season, he’s probably firing Peterborough into the Championship.

“The former Bristol Rovers man scored in each one of many six video games he played in February and this noticed his odds slashed from 7/2 into 8/11 to win the League One Golden Boot.

“Posh had been pre-season second-favourites for the League One title at 8/1 and having been on a great run of type last month, are 5/2 to take top spot.”

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Sky Bet League Two: Ricardo Santos (Bolton Wanderers)

Bolton Wanderers centre-back Ricardo Santos has been named the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month for February.

The imposing coronary heart of a Bolton defence that saved 4 clear sheets, 6ft 5in Santos makes use of his physicality to out-muscle opposition strikers, however he’s just as adept at dribbling the ball out of defence or enjoying a telling cross.

Bolton manager Ian Evatt said: “I’m delighted as a result of Rico has been one in every of our most constant players all season and, as a fellow centre-half, it’s good to see that centre backs are getting awards like this as a result of they usually go to strikers!”

Santos said: “I’m extraordinarily honoured to win player of the month, it really does imply lots to me. To be sincere, I am just so happy to be right here and to be a part of such a big membership and a great team. I really feel so fortunate because the membership, the team and the followers really consider in me and continue to help me week in and week out. 

“My goal is to continue to assist us be the best that we will be. I am totally having fun with my time right here at Bolton and I’m grateful that I am being seen for my private contributions. I’m hoping that we are able to continue pushing on and maintain getting this kind of recognition whereas shifting forward. 

“Enjoying skilled football has all the time been my dream and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for me.”

Sky Sports activities’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Essential to Bolton’s success in February was a renewed stability on the back, with 4 clear sheets in six, compared to just two of their earlier 10 video games.

“Santos was on the coronary heart of that defence, an ever-present by the month, throwing himself into tackles, making loads of blocks and clearances and steadily turning defence into attack.”

Sky Bet EFL dealer Ivor Davies said: “The in-form centre half was the excellent performer for Bolton throughout February because the 5/1 preseason favourites for League Two sky rocketed up the table to the fringes of the automated promotion locations.

“Santos has played each minute of Bolton’s marketing campaign thus far and, after a troublesome start, is now the center of a Bolton defence that has supplied the bedrock of Bolton’s promotion push.

“They’re now as short as 13/8 from 20/1 on the start of the month for a return to League One.”


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