Another six goals in December has seen Dwight Gayle nominated for Championship Player of the Month.
As if we needed any reminder of the striker’s importance, Gayle’s goals contributed to three of Newcastle’s four wins from six matches throughout last month.
A hat-trick in the 4-0 win over Birmingham, the opener in the 2-1 win at Burton, then the last two when United defeated Forest 3-1.
Dwight Gayle is now Newcastle’s top scorer, the Championship’s top scorer…and has scored more league goals this season than any other player in the top four divisions.
The forward has three opponents for the award which is picked by a panel of judges, with the winner announced tomorrow (Friday).
The official write-ups on the contenders:
Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United)
Six more goals in December for Newcastle’s prolific forward. His hat-trick against Birmingham City was a perfect header, right-foot tap-in, left-foot finish combination, while a brilliant angled volley against Nottingham Forest highlighted his technique.
Dave Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Liberated by new Wolves manager Paul Lambert, the 30-year-old went forward with stunning effect in December, arriving late in the area to score four decisive goals. Each one either put Wolves in front or brought them level.
David Stockdale (Brighton & Hove Albion)
The last line of an impressive defence, he pulled off crucial saves at vital times to preserve all four of Brighton’s victories in the month. Outstanding at Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham, his hallmark this season has been his consistency.
Sam Winnall (Barnsley)
Scored every type of goal in December – running on to through-balls, turning the ball home from close range and cleverly looping headers when needed, as he did against Cardiff City. It all added up to six goals in six appearances in the month.