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The nominees for October’s Player of the month has been released, with Chelsea players taking up 3 spots out of the available 7.

Here are the players in contention for this month’s prize.

Diego Costa

If for anything else, the fact that the Spaniard went the whole of October without a booking is commendable and deserving of an award. The hot-tempered striker has become so cool-headed overnight that we are wondering if he is ever going to get that 5th yellow card and get the subsequent 1-match ban.

In front of goal, he found the back of the net thrice and created an assist in all 4 league games of the month. Missing out of the Premier League player of the month won’t hurt him, as he has his eyes on the Golden Boot come May. He has 8 goals already.

Eden Hazard

The 25-year-old missed out on the prize in August, but is back to perhaps, claim what is rightly his this time around. Hazard has played further upfront than Costa since Chelsea switched to that magical 3-4-3 formation, and he has 3 goals in 3 consecutive matches to show for it.

After such a dip in form of last season, resurgence don’t come any better than this for a player who in addition to his goals, assisted once, created 7 chances and completed 17 take-ons.

The king is back!!!

Ilkay Gundogan

We are going to ignore the fact that he bagged a brace against Barcelona (AGAINST BARCELONA!!!) just days after getting 1 against a tough West Brom defence.

Having missed the 1st 2 months of the new season to injury, the Germany international shook it off with some fine displays, creating 9 chances and an assist upon his return to action, while also becoming the cog of Pep Guardiola’s midfield.

Joe Allen

Stoke spent 6 weeks in the relegation zone, until this Liverpool reject found his purpose and calling in life. To play as a number 10. And since then, the Potters have cruised to 3 successive victories, and are sat on 12th position at the moment.

Allen scored 3 goals, made 2 assists and created 6 chances. At Liverpool, it took him 2 seasons to score 3 Premier League goals. The Wales international sure made the right move during the summer transfer window.

N’Golo Kante

Much has been said of how Chelsea went the whole of October without conceding a goal in the EPL. Without Kante, that wouldn’t have been possible as it was this France international that provided adequate cover for the 3-man defence.

Not only that, he contributed to the attack by scoring a goal (hello Manchester United fans), creating 6 chances and completing 247 passes. He is the reason why Chelsea are in 4th place while Leicester City wallow down in 11th.

Philippe Coutinho

How long until the biggest clubs in Europe (precisely those in Spain) come for the services of this Brazilian? He is the biggest contributor to Liverpool’s fine form which has made them 1 of the 3 early pacesetters.

With a goal to his name in October, the 24-year-old also created 13 chances and completed 14 dribbles as Liverpool won 3 and drew 1 in the month.

Tom Heaton

In October, Burnley won 1, drew 1 and lost 2. A big reason why it wasn’t 4 losses for the Championship winners of last season is their goalie and England international Tom Heaton.

No goalie has made more saves than the 30-year-old this season, with 57 saves already. Heaton made 31 saves in October, with 11 alone coming against Manchester United. Fantasy Football fans know a thing or two about the importance of such a goalie in their teams.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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