Blackburn Rovers hitman Ben Brereton Diaz has ended Aleksandar Mitrovic’s dominance in this season’s PFA Vertu Motors Championship Fans’ Player of the Month awards.
Fulham striker Mitrovic had received the award in September, October and November, but the championship’s best goal scorer has finally secured his next challenger on the goal list.
Stoke-born Chilean national team player Brereton Diaz enjoyed a fantastic December as Rovers won four games on the spin and extended their winning streak to six games in total.
Four goals in the four matches took his figure for the season to 20 only in the league. It’s not going badly.
The 22-year-old started the month with the winner of the Lancashire derby victory with 1-0 over Preston North End, and expertly hit a cross at the nearest post and sent a nod in the net.
Brereton Diaz followed that up with a match against Birmingham ahead of Christmas before ending 2021 with another match-winning display against Barnsley – who showed up with a well-deserved finish over the goalkeeper to seal a 2-1 success.
Blackburn’s record of 100% in December – including a decisive victory over promotion rivals Bournemouth – lifted them to third place in the Championship table, well ahead of an automatic promotion place as they aim for a long-awaited return to the Premier League.
Brereton Diaz secured a comfortable victory in the poll for fans’ players this month, with more than 35% of the vote. His closest challenger was Derby County veteran Colin Kazim-Richards at 22.75%, while Cherries’ Dominic Solanke finished with just over 17%.
Mitrovic – the winner of the award in the previous three months of the season – did not appear on the shortlist at this time.
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