Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle is riding high.
Five goals in five matches in September have seen him put up as one of four nominations for the Championship September player of the month award.
The on-loan striker’s five goals last month helped West Brom take 13 points from five games and sent them top of the table.
Dwight Gayle is up against Bradley Dack (Blackburn), Neal Maupay (Brentford) and Teemu Pucki (Norwich).
Continuing on from the very good impression he created after Alan Pardew was belatedly sacked, West Brom boss Darren Moore is one of four nominations for the September Championship manager award – Paul Cook (Wigan Athletic), Daniel Farke (Norwich City), Darren Moore (West Bromwich Albion), Chris Wilder (Sheffield United).
The winners will be announced on Friday morning.
Dwight Gayle has scored six goals in total on loan in nine Championship starts (one appearance as a sub), whilst Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored five Premier League goals for Fulham.
Gayle was involved in a loan swap deal for Salomon Rondon and with Rafa Benitez admitting the striker had never been fit since his move, and now out injured for potentially a significant amount of time, Newcastle haven’t had the best of the deal so far.
A crippling lack of pace with Perez and Joselu up front has been a big problem in Gayle’s absence, with Rafa not deeming Muto worth a Premier League start as yet.
Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month contenders:
Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) – midfielder
Injury restricted Dack to four appearances in September, but it failed to limit either his impact or the audacity to show off his technical ability at every turn, no matter where it is on the pitch. Three goals and an assist proved him right.
Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion) – striker
Five goals in five games showcased Gayle’s range as a goalscorer. A magical individual effort and a rapier-like finish against Stoke, calmness against Bristol City, predatory instincts against Millwall and a stunning free-kick at Preston.
Neal Maupay (Brentford) – striker
The Frenchman didn’t miss a beat after returning to the side. Four goals in as many games for the Championship’s leading scorer whose movement, positioning and reactions are proving too clever for opposing defenders to handle.
Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) – striker
Used every part of his anatomy to score in September, toe-poking home against Middlesbrough, then chesting in at QPR. Those were both winners, while the Finn also scored the opener at Reading and won the decisive penalty against Wigan.