Premier League reveal April player & manager of the month shortlists

07 May 2021 04:10

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jesse Lingard are among the eight contenders to win the Premier League Player of the Month award for April, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Steve Bruce have been named on the four-man shortlist to be named Manager of the Month.

Alexander-Arnold has managed to put the disappointment of not being included in the England squad for the March internationals behind him with some solid displays, while Lingard has continued to shine for Champions League-chasing West Ham.

Meanwhile, Manchester United boss Solskjaer enjoyed a terrific month with his side going unbeaten in their four outings, a feat matched by Bruce's Newcastle as they managed to steer themselves away from the relegation zone.

Here's a look at all of the contenders for both awards.


Player of the Month

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold scored the winner against Aston Villa | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Alexander-Arnold was superb for Liverpool throughout the month of April, notching a brilliant late winner to hand his side all three points against Aston Villa as well as registering assists against both Arsenal and Newcastle.


Stuart Dallas

Stuart Dallas has been superb for Leeds | Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Stuart Dallas has been an integral part of Leeds' stellar campaign, though his two goals away at Manchester City arguably provided the highlight of their season so far.

The Northern Irishman has been a near ever-present in Marcelo Bielsa's team this year and also helped his side to a clean sheet as Leeds went unbeaten for the month.


Mason Greenwood

Mason Greenwood has started to find his form of late | Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images

It took Mason Greenwood a bit of time to get going this season after a slow start but he's finally clicked into gear.

His April haul of four goals saw him move level with Wayne Rooney's tally of 15 goals as a teenager for Manchester United.


Kelechi Iheanacho 

Kelechi Iheanacho has become Leicester's main man this season | Robin Jones/Getty Images

Having spent the majority of his career playing second fiddle to some of the Premier League's great strikers, Kelechi Iheanacho is finally getting the recognition he deserves as Leicester's main man.

His partnership with Jamie Vardy looks like being enough to drag the Foxes to Champions League football and his four goals and two assists in April could see him notch back-to-back awards.


Jesse Lingard

Jesse Lingard has excelled at West Ham | Visionhaus/Getty Images

Jesse Lingard's fine form just goes on and on.

The Manchester United loanee has been a huge part of West Ham's success since joining the Hammers in January and he produced the goods yet again in April with goal involvements in three of David Moyes' side's four outings.


Matheus Pereira

Matheus Pereira has been in great form of late | Michael Steele/Getty Images

Had Matheus Pereira been at his best all season then who knows where West Brom could have finished.

The forward has dipped in and out of games all season, though April was a great month for him in fairness. The Brazilian notched two in the terrific 5-2 win over Chelsea before scoring against both Southampton and Aston Villa.


Allan Saint-Maximin

Allan Saint-Maximin's return has breathed life into Newcastle's season | Stu Forster/Getty Images

Newcastle's sudden revival coming just as Allan Saint-Maximin returned to the squad is no coincidence.

The eccentric forward has been superb since returning from injury, inspiring his side's comeback at Burnley with a goal and assist and effectively saving their season with some great displays.


Chris Wood

Chris Wood can't stop scoring of late | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Seven goal involvements in one month is pretty impressive.

The standout performance of Chris Wood's season - and probably his Premier League career - came at Molineux as he bagged a first-half hat-trick before setting up Burnley's fourth of the game in the second half.

The three-goal haul means he's the first ever New Zealander to score a hat-trick in the Premier League.


Manager of the Month

Sam Allardyce

It looks too little too late for Sam Allardyce's side | Pool/Getty Images

West Brom may have accepted their fate but at least they're going down swinging.

Sam Allardyce's side suffered just one defeat in April, picking up two wins against Chelsea and Southampton. The Baggies' 5-2 demolition of the Blues at Stamford Bridge will live long in the memory of their fans as they inflicted Thomas Tuchel's first defeat as Chelsea boss.

The Baggies' 5-2 demolition of the Blues at Stamford Bridge will live long in the memory of their fans as they inflicted Thomas Tuchel's first defeat as Chelsea boss.


Marcelo Bielsa

Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds are comfortably in mid-table | Pool/Getty Images

Nobody can underestimate the season Leeds have enjoyed.

Their maiden campaign back in the top flight and they've barely even looked like being in danger of relegation, with two wins and two draws in April - with one of said victories coming away at Premier League champions elect Manchester City - moving them into a comfortable position in mid-table.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side look to have second place in the bag | Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images

It could be a double celebration for Solskjaer after his side confirmed their place in the Europa League final earlier this week.

The United boss has had his doubters since being appointed manager, but ten points from a possible 12 throughout April is a very good return and Champions League football is all but secured.


Steve Bruce

Steve Bruce's side look to be safe | Pool/Getty Images

It's been a long old season for Steve Bruce's Newcastle but their form throughout April looks to have secured their place in next season's Premier League.

The Magpies went unbeaten in their four outings picking up two wins and two draws to ease their relegation fears.


Anyone looking to vote for the Player or Manager of the Month awards can do so via the provided links.

Source: 90min