Bukayo Saka and Bernd Leno are both up for the Premier League Player of the Month award for January, in news that shouldn’t really surprise anyone.

LONDON, ENGLAND: Bernd Leno of Arsenal looks on after he makes a save during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on January 30, 2021. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Bernd Leno of Arsenal looks on after he makes a save during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on January 30, 2021. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The Premier League confirmed their nominees for January Player of the Month on Friday, putting eight players up for the award.

Bukayo Saka was one of them, having scored three goals and assisted one in four games throughout the month. He only blanked in one fixture, and he was a big part of the recent Arsenal resurgence in the league.

It was a shame Saka missed the final game of the month against Manchester United with a hip problem. Even then, you could see the impact he has on Arsenal through his absence, as they failed to score.

Bernd Leno is also a hugely deserving candidate for the award. He conceded one goal in five games, keeping clean sheets against West Brom, Crystal Palace, Newcastle United, and Manchester United.

The one goal he conceded to Stuart Armstrong of Southampton was unstoppable, and he still managed to get a touch on it. Unfortunately, he hasn’t started February so well with his red card, but he was a key part of the good results in January.

Just as a side note, Leno also kept another clean sheet against Newcastle United and conceded once to an own goal against Southampton in the FA Cup. That won’t count towards the award, but it’s further evidence of his strong form.

The rest of the nominees are Craig Dawson, Jack Grealish, Ilkay Gundogan, James Maddison, Matheus Pereira, and John Stones. You can place your vote here.

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