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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Santa Cruz scoops award

The EFT panel had a lot of games and good individual performers to consider in the busy football month of December. Votes for our player of the month came in for Man Utd's Ronaldo and Rio Ferdinand, Tottenham's Dimitar Berbatov, Middlesbrough's Tuncay and Aston Villa's Ashley Young. However, with two first choice votes and two second choice votes it was Blackburn's in-form striker, Roque Santa Cruz, who deservedly scooped our player of the month award.

Eight goals in seven December games - and he didn't score in the first two games of the month - was fantastic going for the former Bayern Munich striker whose game looks to adapt very well to the Premier League and in particular the superb crossing of the ever-improving David Bentley.

What will be disappointing for Santa Cruz and Blackburn supporters is that most of these goals were in vain - scoring a hat-trick in an amazing 5-3 defeat at Wigan and two goals as Blackburn were edged out in an exciting League Cup quarter-final against Arsenal. Nonetheless, the 26 year old Paraguyan international should be proud of his efforts and he also becomes the first Blackburn player to win our award. As ever a picture of our player of the month goes into our EFT awards sidebar.

Are there any other players who you feel should be recognised for their performances in December?


Blogger Skippy said...

A worthy winner indeed, I love the way he has been finding himself in the right position at the right time. He has such good aerial ability too. I wish Peter Crouch could head like this, well I am sure Crouch wishes that he could too, but will never be able to do so.

1/08/2008 10:38 am

Blogger Abdul said...

Yes, he definitely deserves the award. He seems to have finally got his career on the right track after much promise but very little end product at Bayern Munich. It really surprised me to recently read that in his time in Germany, he never managed to score more than 5 league goals a season.

His talent is undoubted and his finishing skills will be desperately needed if Blackburn are going to get over their recent slump in form.

1/08/2008 10:47 am

Blogger RedsMan said...

Roque was an unknown coming to the EPL, like Voronin and even Berbatov, from the Bundesliga. Yet he has settled in excellently at The Rovers and not only that has proven McCarthy wrong. His goals have kept Rovers in the game more or less and made him a worthy winner of EFT POTM for December.


1/08/2008 4:14 pm


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