WeAreBrighton.com Player of the Month - February 2015
February was a month that was slow to get going but when
it eventually did, the Albion put in one of their best
home performances in a couple of years as relegation
fears were eased slightly with a six point gap opening
up to the drop zone.
Nottingham Forest proved to be too good at The Amex before
hard earned clean sheets helped take points in two absolute
bore fests at Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday.
Birmingham City were beaten in a 4-3 thriller before The
Leeds United were vanquished 2-0 in a game that could quite
easily have been six or seven - and the less said about
Bolton Wanderers the better.
has bought on the turnaround? The signing of Beram Kayal has
certainly improved the defensive midfield while Chris
Hughton's arrival has led to a marked improvement in the
form of Inigo Calderon, Joao Teixeira, Rohan Ince and Sam
Baldock - all of which makes this a particularly hard month
Player of the Month - Inigo Calderon (46.81% of the
One of the more
intriguing decisions made by Chris Hughton since
taking over has been to push Inigo Calderon into a
much more attacking role. Most people thought it was
purely a one-off against Ipswich to deal with the
threat of Tyrone Mills, but the bearded wonder has
remained in his advanced position ever since and
that move worked wonders throughout February. Not
only did the popular right back play his part in
three clean sheets against Cardiff, Sheffield
Wednesday and Leeds but he also popped up with three
vital goals - two against Birmingham and one against
Played 6 (6 starts). Scored 3.
Second: David Stockdale (27.66% of the vote)
Criticised by some fans for his performance in
February's opening defeat against Nottingham Forest,
he bounced back with three clean sheets in the next
four games and a match winning penalty save right on
the stroke of half time against Birmingham.
Third: Joao Teixeira (12.77% of the vote)
As spring approaches so does the sort of form that
vindicates why Joao Teixeira is so highly rated by
parent club Liverpool. He bewitched both Birmingham
and Leeds defences on their visits to The Amex,
including netting a brace against the former.
Continued his attempts to justify the summer
outlay with another good month out on the left side
of attack, including netting in the victory over
Leeds United. Would be interesting to see him go
through the middle now there is some form and
Looks like being one of the few successes of the
200 players loaned in this season, playing a big
part in the defensive solidarity that led to three
clean sheets being recorded in February.
- What can we say about the man that hasn't
already been said? He is absolutely revelling in a
more advanced role on the right, netting a brace
against Birmingham and scoring with his beard
- Has become one of the first names on the team
sheet in the last month. His presence alongside
Beram Kayal cannot be underestimated in why the
Albion suddenly look far better defensively than
they have all season.
Scored within five minutes of making his debut
against Nottingham Forest since when it has been
evident that he is a class above what we have in
midfield. Four game unbeaten run occurring when he
was given his first run in the side is no
Continues to divide the fans with many calling for
him to be dropped after the Forest game, but he
responded with three clean sheets our of four and a
match winning penalty save right on the stroke of
half time against Birmingham.
- The little Portuguese man has solidified his
position as the Albion's most creative player and
one of the biggest goal threats, tearing Leeds apart
after scoring twice and giving Birmingham's
defenders recurring nightmares four days previously.