LONDON, January 5 – Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, has been named the PFA Fans’ Players of the Month for December.
Ozil makes it back-to-back awards after picking up another five assists in December as Arsenal moved to the top of the Premier League.
The German playmaker also got his name on the scoresheet in the 2-0 win over Bournemouth as he beat Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez and Watford striker Odion Ighalo to the Premier League award.
The Championship prize has been awarded to Leeds midfielder Sam Byram, who scored three goals and grabbed an assist in December to help his side stay unbeaten during the month.
The 22-year-old saw off competition from Blackburn defender Shane Duffy and Wolves winger Jordan Graham.
In League One, Blackpool defender Tom Aldred topped the poll ahead of Peterborough striker Conor Washington and Bradford goalkeeper Ben Williams.
Aldred played a key part in helping Blackpool secure back-to-back wins over Wigan and Peterborough, scoring in the 1-0 win at the DW Stadium.
Finally, the League Two winner was Portsmouth midfielder Gareth Evans after his four December goals helped him claimed more votes than Carlisle’s Jabo Ibehre and Notts County’s Izale McLeod.
Every month, throughout the English football season, fans will have the opportunity to vote on skysports.com for who they think has been the best player in the Premier League, Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two, after Sky Sports teamed up with the PFA to be the digital platform for the Awards.
Before the vote opens each month, an expert panel produce a shortlist of contenders. Fans are then able to vote for the player they think deserves the award.
The panel includes Sky Sports football pundits Paul Merson, Ian Holloway and Peter Beagrie.
That trio are then joined by Mike Riley, general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials, and Malcolm Clarke, chairman of the Football Supporters Federation, as well as the winning fan from each month.
The winning fans who will take their places on next month’s shortlisting panel and make the awards to players will be announced in due course.
PFA Fans’ Player of the Month awards for December
Premier League: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
Championship: Sam Byram (Leeds United)
League One: Tom Aldred (Blackpool)
League Two: Gareth Evans (Portsmouth)
By Sky Sports