Newcastle United have released there three candidates for the FUN88 player of the month for August, with winger Christian Atsu, defender Ciaran Clark and midfielder Mikel Merino being nominated for their performances last month.
You can VOTE HERE for your winner, but first, here is our assessment of each player’s performances so far and who we believe deserves to win August’s award:
Christian Atsu – The Ghanaian saw his loan move made permanent this summer and after an impressive pre-season he’s looked a lively over our opening 3 games. He was our most threatening player in the 2-0 defeat to Spurs and caused Pablo Zabaleta all sorts of problems in the 3-0 win over West Ham, setting up Joselu for the opening goal too.
Ciaran Clark – One of our stand out performers last season and a player who hasn’t looked out of place on his return to the top flight. He did well in what became a make shift back four against Tottenham and made a superb last ditch clearance off the line and scored at the other end in our victory over West Ham last time out.
Mikel Merino – The 21-year old has really caught the eye since arriving on loan from Borussia Dortmund this summer. He showed his class in a short cameo against Spurs on the opening day, and after showing flashes in a mixed performance at Huddersfield, he ran the show against West Ham, getting the better of established Premier League midfielders and making us tick from first minute to last.
Who is your Player of the Month for August?
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Three worthy contenders, but my vote will go to Christian Atsu. Many doubted his ability to play in the top flight, but he has been our liveliest offensive player thus far and the award would give him the pat on the back his performances have warranted. Merino is a close second, but given Atsu contributed more in the battling 2-0 defeat to Spurs on the opening day, he gets my vote.
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Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.