English Premier League: Individual Awards and Team of the Month for August 2011

Thomas Atzenhoffer@socceratzCorrespondent IISeptember 2, 2011

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 14:  Ashley Young of Manchester United celebrates his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at The Hawthorns on August 14, 2011 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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The first month of the 2011-12 Barclays Premier League has come to a close. As the clubs now return to their campaigns following the flurry of action in the Transfer Market, it looks to have been a deadline day to remember.

Each and every team worked to the wire trying to finish their last minute deals and now that it is all over, we can take a moment to reflect on an exciting first three weeks of action. You can read more on each club's last minute moves here.

Much can be said about all the fixture results so far, and it is truly interesting to see which teams have shot out of the gates while others have faltered (cough Arsenal cough). Nevertheless, with the last day of the window over, teams will be looking to revamp their strategies as their new players will have to be worked into the systems. Hopefully the new additions will allow their managers the means by which to make amends until January.

Now that we have gotten up to speed it now comes down to the Rewards and the Team of the Month.

But what awards should we actually have? Traditionally we will have Team of the Month, Player of the Month, Manager of the Month, Goal of the Month, Match of the Month and for August our special category will be Debut of the Month.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13:  Goalkeeper Tim Krul of Newcastle United gives instructions during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St James' Park on August 13, 2011 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Pho
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That said, lets get to the awards. First up is Team of the Month, for which we will use a traditional 4-3-3 lineup and have additional Honorable Mention spots at the bottom for the best three players to have missed out. The Player of the Month will be denoted with an star (*).


Team of the Month


Tim Krul (Newcastle United) - Dutch shot stopper Tim Krul has helped Newcastle United to a seven-point first month of the season and has two clean sheets in the league out of three possible.


Jose Enrique (Liverpool) - Enrique looks to be the best signing of the window for the Reds at the moment as his value has proven excellent. He slotted right in and looks to be a great addition.

Jonathan Woodgate (Stoke City) -After season upon season of injuries, Jonathan Woodgate looks reborn at Stoke City and has been a rock for the Potters so far this new campaign. If he can remain healthy, he could be one of several new players to help Stoke break into the top half.

NORWICH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21:  Jonathan Woodgate of Stoke looks on during the Barclay's premier league match between Norwich and Stoke City at Carrow Road on August 21, 2011 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Chris Smalling (Manchester United) - Chris Smalling has been pushed into deputizing this entire season and so far has been brilliant. There is little more you can even add for the youngster as he looks to be a lock for the club in the future.

Jose Bosingwa (Chelsea) - The Blues Portuguese national fullback has been in sensational form and has a contending strike for Goal of the Month and possibly the season after scoring against Norwich City. He also has added an assist for Chelsea to go along with his goal last weekend.


Ashley Young (Manchester United) - Since moving east to Manchester, Ashley Young has been worth every penny United paid for him. With two goals and four assists in his first three United games, he looks a great buy.

Samir Nasri (Manchester City) - The Arsenal man got his wish for a move and finalized his move to Eastlands a few days before the Citizens' showdown with Tottenham. His three assist performance showed that he fits right in and will likely be a huge part of City going far this season.

Matt Jarvis (Wolves) - A goal and an assist have already been had by Wolves winger Matt Jarvis. He had an amazing month, helping to lead his club to a seven-point haul in August as they are joint third in the table behind Liverpool and Chelsea.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool with the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Bolton Wanderers at Anfield on August 27, 2011 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) - Many people looked down on Wayne Rooney last season as he just seemed a little off his game. However, no one will be accusing him of that this season as he has already bagged five goals in three games, including a tremendous hat-trick against Arsenal during their 8-2 massacre at Old Trafford.

*Edin Dzeko* (Manchester City) - Last season Roberto Mancini splashed out a load of cash on Bundesliga player Edin Dzeko from VfL Wolfsburg. So far his six goals this season have already tied his haul from last season.

Luis Suarez (Liverpool) - "El Pistelero" has been the Reds lifeline through nearly all of their games this season. When Suarez is on the pitch he is always a threat. His two goals in the league should really be about eight as he has just been slightly off the mark.

Honorable Mention Team of the Month Contenders:

Ivan Klasnic (Bolton) - The Croatian front has already bagged three goals for Wanderers.

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) - It was hard to leave him out of the top few but he is most certainly entertained as one. He has scored three goals and passed out one assist so far.

Charlie Adam (Liverpool) - Though he had a down week in week two, the service and free kicks of Adam have been priceless.

BOLTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21:  Edin Dzeko of Manchester City celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Bolton Wanderers and Manchester City at the Reebok Stadium on August 21, 2011 in Bolton, England.  (Photo
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Player of the Month:

Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) - Bosnia and Herzegovina star forward Edin Dzeko is on a roll this season. His six goals in three games are more than he put past keepers all last season at City. His past speaks volumes, as in 138 games he turned out 85 goals in Germany.  If he gets even half of that City will have to look at him as a success.


Manager of the Month:

Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) - Without a doubt Ferguson is once again on top of the pile and will be the favorite to lead his club to another English title. 


Goal of the Month:

Jose Bosingwa (Chelsea) - You cannot deny that the fullback's long range strike from around 30-35 yards is the best of the month. Ashley Young's first goal against Arsenal was second place by only a fraction of percent.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27:  Jose Bosingwa of Chelsea in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on August 27, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Match of the Month:

Manchester United vs Arsenal (MANU 8 - 2 GUNS) - The Red Devils made people drop their jaws at either the strength and desire of a youthful Manchester United, or the complete and utter collapse of an Arsenal team without Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas in the middle.


Debut of the Month:

Sergio Kun Aguero vs Swansea City - In thirty minutes Aguero went from being a big money signing to a big money game changer. He was brought on at the 60th minute for Nigel De Jong and got off the mark by scoring only eight minutes into his first match at Etihad Stadium. 

He would then assist David Silva before completing a debut Brace on the 90th minute against the newly promoted Swansea City. 


Month One is over and we are looking forward to seeing just what players will have major effects on their new clubs this fall as the window is closed and it is time to get back to action.

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