12 Key passes, 18 tackles: Blackburn Rovers star earning recognition for dazzling start

Blackburn Rovers midfielder Tom Cairney has been nominated for the Championship Player of the Month Award.

Blackburn Rovers sensation Tom Cairney has earned recognition for his early season displays with a nomination for the Championship Player of the Month Award.

The winner will be announced on Friday, with Cairney up against Forest's Michail Antonio, Millwall's Alan Dunne, and Charlton's Igor Vetokele.

It is easy to see why Cairney has been nominated, key in the limited success Blackburn have had this season, with two wins and a draw from five games.

The 23-year-old has scored twice, and provided one assist, but there has been so much more to his performances than those figures alone.

Cairney has made more tackles per game than any other Blackburn player, 18 in total at an average of 3.6 per game.

That places him in the top 10 midfielders in the Championship in that category, which was led by James McArthur (4.8), who has now departed Wigan for Crystal Palace.

Cairney has created 12 goalscoring opportunities with his passing, a figure which places him 12th in the Championship, with Middlesbrough's Grant Leadbitter making the most key passes with 21.

If Rovers are to build upon their 14th place in the table, and they have done the hard part by hanging onto Jordan Rhodes this summer, Cairney will be crucial in taking the next step forward.

Winning a personal award will certainly be a big confidence boost for the Englishman and can only aid his progress.

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