April was a vital month for Premier League sides up and down the table. With only a couple of games to go in the season, the pressure now really starts to increase and individual and team contributions become more and more important.
There were several noteworthy players last month. We’ve taken a look at the key contenders based on the series of stats articles we ran yesterday which showed the key performers in different positions.
Previous Winners: Eden Hazard (January, February), Luis Suarez (March)
Here are May’s contenders with our May Player of the Month decision following the round-ups.
Vito Mannone (Sunderland)
The Sunderland goalkeeper was top of the pile in terms of saves and punches in a month, which saw his side move out of the bottom three. Mannone not only kept his side in key games with saves at the right moments, he actively sought ways to take the pressure off of his defence.
John Stones (Everton)
It was a great month for Stones who continues to play consistently as a young man in one of the Premier League’s bigger sides. His performances have created the idea he could go to the World Cup this summer but he’s been vital in the absence of the experienced Phil Jagielka.
Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City)
Zabaleta made more tackles and interceptions last month than any other defender. He was crucial in a defence, which enabled Manchester City to take advantage of a Liverpool slip up and move back into pole position to win the Premier League title by the middle of this month.
Juan Mata (Manchester United)
Mata bagged four goals in three appearances for United last month with two of them coming against Norwich in Ryan Giggs’ first game in charge as interim manager of the side.
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur)
The Dane started to look like the player who started the season brilliantly with Spurs. He bagged two goals but also produced four assists, which was more than any other midfield man. It’s just a shame for Tottenham’s sake that he wasn’t able to produce this sort of form when they were still in the hunt for Champions League football.
Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur)
Two goals, an assist, six attempts on target and more accurate passes than any other player. Not much more needs to be said about Adebayor’s April.
Connor Wickham (Sunderland)
Wickham stepped up big time in April scoring five goals, which helped his side take a better position as they look to avoid relegation. His attacking performances were dominant and he bagged a goal in the impressive win at Chelsea.
WINNER: Wickham gets the award for April for finding a revitalised vein of form which has given Sunderland a chance of staying up when many had tipped them to go down.