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Solanke beats Son and Alexander-Arnold to Premier League monthly prize


Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke has beaten the likes of Son Heung-min and Trent Alexander-Arnold to the Premier League’s Player of the Month award for December.

Solanke was shortlisted for the prize after scoring six goals in as many league games last month, helping Andoni Iraola’s resurgent Cherries take 13 points from those matches.

That tally included Solanke’s first Premier League hat-trick in a dramatic 3-2 win over 10-man Nottingham Forest, while he also opened the scoring as Bournemouth beat Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford.

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Alongside Son and Alexander-Arnold, Solanke’s Bournemouth team-mate Marcos Senesi was also nominated for the prize, as were Matheus Cunha, Cole Palmer, Michael Olise and Mohammed Kudus.

In a video message released on social media on Friday, Solanke said: “I’m delighted to have been the Premier League’s Player of the Month for December.

“It’s been a great month with some big wins and some special moments, including my first Premier League hat-trick.

“I just wanted to say thanks to all the players and staff at the club, and most importantly, to the fans. Your support has been amazing all season and hopefully we can carry this on for the rest of 2024.”

Meanwhile, Unai Emery beat Iraola, Jurgen Klopp and David Moyes to the Manager of the Month award after leading Aston Villa to second in the table.

Villa have emerged as surprise title contenders and boosted their chances of topping the pile with memorable wins over Manchester City and Arsenal at the start of the month, ultimately claiming 14 points from seven games in December.

Emery also landed the prize last April, meaning only Martin O’Neil (four times) has won it more often while in charge of Villa.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.


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