With upsets every gameweek it’s been one of the most intriguing festive periods in the Premier League for some time. Man City have spectacularly fallen from the top whilst Liverpool have dominated with a 100% winning record in December.
A packed schedule means only the best and most consistent made it into our team of the month, find out who.
Goalkeeper – Neil Etheridge (Cardiff City)
Cardiff owe an awful lot to their goalkeeper, Etheridge. With three clean sheets from seven games in December, he has been the foundation for the Bluebirds’ results. Making on average five saves a game and saving a crucial penalty against Leicester he’s earned himself a spot in the team of the month.
Right Back – Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Wolves are arguably one of the best teams to ever get promoted to the Premier League and Matt Doherty has been a key part of that. Two goals and two assists in December have helped the Black Country club maintain their excellent position in the top half.
Centre Back – Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
Virgil van Dijk’s performances this season have led to some calling him the best centre back in the world. While that is still debatable, he’s undoubtedly the best in the Premier League, especially on current form, which sees him commanding the best defence in the league. Liverpool conceded the fewest goals in December at just three.
Centre Back – David Luiz (Chelsea)
Chelsea only conceded two more goals in December than Liverpool but their superb defensive performances have gone largely unrecognised. David Luiz has controlled the defence competently as well as scoring and assisting once in the process.
Left Back – Andy Robertson (Liverpool)
Liverpool’s almost ever-present left-back has been exceptional this season. Surely one of the fittest players in the league he has been able to get back and defend expertly whilst also managing to quickly get forward and support in attack. The Scotsman has been a nightmare for opposing teams to deal with.
Right Wing – Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
With an outstanding six goals and four assists in December, Mohamed Salah is well and truly back to his best. A superb hattrick against Bournemouth crowned a brilliant month for the Egyptian as he helped fire Liverpool to the top of the league.
Centre Midfield – Fabinho (Liverpool)
Aside from a couple of wayward passes as he adjusts to life at Liverpool, Fabinho has otherwise been near-perfect over the last month. The midfielder has the aggressive nature to win the ball back for Liverpool whilst also showing a bit of Brazilian flair as he set up a couple of goals.
Centre Midfield – Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur)
With three goals and three assists in December, Eriksen was a key part of Spurs’ mostly excellent form. The Dane either scored or assisted in five of Tottenham’s seven games as he put in some great performances which typified a brilliant attacking midfielder.
Left Wing – Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur)
December ended with Tottenham’s brilliant winger with the highest goal involvement of any player in the Premier League. Son managed six goals and five assists in just seven games. His loss will be detrimental to Spurs as he leaves for the Asian Cup, potentially missing five games.
Striker – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
Arsenal’s December was far from excellent but Aubameyang was consistently great for the Gunners (if you ignore his abysmal performance against Liverpool). The striker managed five goals and two assists for the North London side including a brace against neighbours Tottenham.
Striker – Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
Harry Kane bettered his North London rival, Aubameyang, by one goal in December as he registered six goals and two assists. The Englishman hasn’t reached the heights he is capable of yet this season but he is still the league’s equal top scorer with 13 goals.