Premier League confirm April nominees for Player & Manager of the Month

The Premier League have unveiled their shortlists for April’s Player of the Month and Manager of the Month awards.

There will be a new Player of the Month after last month’s winner, Rodrigo Muniz, was not nominated, with six players from six different clubs all vying to take home the prize.

Likewise, Bournemouth’s Andoni Iraola will give up his crown. Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola are both hoping to claim the penultimate award of the season.

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Palmer is up for the prize / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

Across his five matches for Manchester United, Bruno Fernandes managed a ridiculous six goals and one assist. Unfortunately, that form wasn’t enough to save the Red Devils from failing to win four of those games.

On the other side of Manchester, Josko Gvardiol really grew into his own with City. His return of two goals and an assist helped Pep Guardiola’s side keep their title push on track, as did the two clean sheets he walked away with.

Kai Havertz cemented himself as an Arsenal favourite with a run of four goals and three assists across six games in April, including a double against former employers Chelsea and two goal involvements in the derby triumph over Tottenham.

Crystal Palace enjoyed a surprisingly ruthless April led by the five goals of Jean-Philippe Mateta. The Frenchman netted twice in wins over both West Ham and Newcastle after firing past Manchester City earlier in the month.

The leading scorer across the Premier League in April was Chelsea’s Cole Palmer, who managed seven goals in four appearances. He scored those goals across just two matches – three against Manchester United and four against Everton – having also added an assist against Sheffield United.

He may have conceded four against Palmer, but Jordan Pickford still enjoyed a sensational April in goal for Everton. England’s stopper kept four clean sheets, including in the all-important derby triumph over Liverpool, and only two goalkeepers made more than his 23 saves.

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A big month for Arteta / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

Liverpool watched their title push fade away in April, but the same cannot be said for Mikel Arteta‘s Arsenal. The Gunners won five of their six games, including huge wins over Chelsea and Tottenham, and kept four clean sheets in the process.

Everton put to bed any lingering fears of relegation with four wins from six games in April. Sean Dyche oversaw clean sheets in wins over Burnley, Nottingham Forest, Liverpool and Brentford and earned a respectful 1-1 draw away at Newcastle to secure their spot in the Premier League next season.

Pep Guardiola led Manchester City to a perfect April. Five wins from five games saw the Cityzens wrestle control of the title race on a run which featured 19 goals scored and just four conceded.


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