EFT Player of the Month for October: Jussi Jaaskelainen!
The month of October saw a host of players battle it out for our player of the month award. Ryan Giggs, Nemanja Vidic, Wayne Rooney, Gareth Barry, Francesc Fabregas, Tim Cahill and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer all featured in the voting among the five man EFT panel. Yet the player to come out on top of this quality selection of players is the Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.
He has been a crucial player in Bolton's high-flying start to the season, and this was significantly highlighted a fortnight ago when very late into a tough away game at Blackburn Rovers he made two penalty saves in two minutes (the 87th and 88th minute) to help secure a narrow one goal victory for his side. Okay, he conceded four goals to a rampant Man Utd side a week later but watching the highlights it was clear that if it wasn't for the excellent Finnish international keeper the scoreline could have been a lot worse for the Wanderers.
For me Jussi Jaaskelainen is a composed, consistent, highly athletic and reliable keeper who would not be out of place in any side in the world. At 33 years of age he will be reaching his prime as a keeper so expect many more top-rate displays this season from Bolton's shot-stopper as they press for European football qualification.