The stats behind Nottingham Forest's £1.5m signing from Sheffield Wednesday's bright start

Michail Antonio has been nominated for the Championship Player of the Month award.

Michail Antonio has been nominated for the Championship Player of the Month Award.

The Nottingham Forest winger is one of four players in contention, along with Millwall's Alan Dunne, Blackburn's Tom Cairney and Charlton's Igor Vetoleke.

The winner will be announced on Friday, and Antonio's manager Stuart Pearce is also hoping for similar recognition, having been nominated for the Manager of the Month Award.

Antonio was a £1.5 million summer signing from Sheffield Wednesday, and has settled instantly at the City Ground.

In just five Championship games so far, the attacker has three goals and three assists, crucial in leading Forest to the top of the table.

Antonio has averaged 3.2 shots per game, the 11th highest of any player in the division, led by Middlesbrough's Kike (5.6) but he has scored only twice in comparison to the Forest man's three strikes.

There is one notable drawback to Antonio's game, he has registered a low 58.9 per cent of his passes finding a teammate, the lowest of any Nottingham Forest player barring goalkeeper Karl Darlow.

Where he finished higher than any other Forest player - is aerial duels won per game, an average of 5.8 leading Michael Mancienne's four per game.

In terms of key passes, Antonio has only carved out seven opportunities for his teammates, yet three of these have been converted into goals.

By comparison Andy Reid has made 15 key passes, but has only one assist to his name so far this season.

His switch has been a very positive one so far, and Sheffield Wednesday will surely be disappointed he is no longer with them.

Should Antonio win the August award or not, his start has given plenty of reason for optimism, even if there is room to still improve further.

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