N’Golo Kante, Diego Costa, Tom Heaton and Joe Allen are also vying for the honour of being named the top-flight’s best performer throughout October
Chelsea’s fine form throughout October, which saw them collect four successive victories without conceding a goal, has been rewarded with three nominees on the Premier League Player of the Month shortlist.
N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa are all in the running – with Hazard and Costa netting three goals apiece, while Kante continued to dominate midfield and opened his Blues account with a fine finish in a 4-0 mauling of Manchester United.
‘Arsenal are the best team in London’
Table-topping Manchester City are also recognised, with Ilkay Gundogan playing himself into form towards the end of the month, while Liverpool – who sit alongside City at the summit – will be hoping to see Philippe Countinho walk away with the award.
Arsenal, the other side on 23 points, have been surprisingly overlooked – despite being unbeaten since August – but Arsene Wenger may feel that is a reflection of his side working well as a collective, rather than relying on certain individuals.
Elsewhere, Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton – who rounded off October with an inspired showing at Old Trafford against Manchester United – and Stoke midfielder Joe Allen – who has enjoyed a remarkable goalscoring run of late – complete the runners and riders.
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— Premier League (@premierleague) November 4, 2016
Due to the upcoming international break, the winner of the monthly prize will be announced on Friday November 18.