brighton logo Player of the Month - February 2018

February has proven to be one of the best months of Brighton and Hove Albion's 2017-18 season so far as they went unbeaten in the league moving up into 11th spot in the process and secured a place in the FA Cup Quarter Final for the first time in 32 years.

This success was largely based on a new-found desire to attack at home, which saw the Albion plunder 10 goals in their three games at the Amex as West Ham United and Coventry City were beaten 3-1 and Swansea City were vanquished 4-1.

Glenn Murray grabbed four goals in in four appearances, Jose Izquierdo notched two in three including a shoe-in for our Goal of the Season Award and Pascal Gross and Anthony Knockaert also weighed in with one apiece.

The only game which the Seagulls failed to win was away at Stoke City where they came away from the Bet365 Stadium with a credible draw thanks to some last minute heroics from Maty Ryan who saved a stoppage time penalty.

February 2018 Player of the Month -  Jose Izquierdo (42.81% of the vote)
It's taken him a while to settle in England, but there is seemingly no turning back now for Jose Izquierdo after a remarkable February. Before the second month of 2018, the Colombian had been involved in four goals in 20 games - in February, he was involved in three in three. He scored the undoubted goal of the season against West Ham United with an absolutely fantastic effort from way out on the right and he was the man who finished off the passing move away at Stoke that, had Manchester City scored, would have had the pundits creaming themselves silly. He now looks an absolute bargain at 13m.
Played 4 (4 starts, 0 sub). Scored 2.
Second: Glenn Murray (37.38% of the vote)
How good Izquierdo has been is shown by the fact that he pushed Glenn Murray into second spot. The veteran striker netted four goals in four games to take his tally into double figures, only behind Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Raheem Sterling in the Premier League list of English scorers.
Third: Maty Ryan (11.82% of the vote)
The Australian number one continues to impress with his most telling contribution of February coming away at Stoke where he pulled off a quite fantastic penalty save in the 92nd minute of the game to earn the Albion a point from the Bet365 Stadium.


The contenders:
Gaetan Bong - Another solid month for the left back who has really made the spot his own. His performance against West Ham United was particularly enthralling, having more touches in the oppositions half than his own.
Pascal Gross - The reduction in the number of games to one a week in February has helped the German who has never played without a winter break before in his life. Now up to seven assists this season, he added his fifth goal in the win over West Ham.
Jose Izqueirdo - The Colombian was involved in four goals in his 20 games for the Albion, - in February, he has three in three. His pace, directness and unpredictability caused all manner of issues for Premier League full backs and he is beginning to look every bit a 13m player
Glenn Murray - We're running out of words to describe Glenn Murray this season. Four goals in four games in February takes him into double figures for the season, only behind Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Raheem Sterling in the list of English scorers. Unbelievable.
Maty Ryan - Hasn't had as much to do this month but when called upon he has again proved himself a steal at 5m. If we survive relegation by one point come the end of the season, that penalty save at Stoke City will look all the more vital than it did at the time.
Dale Stephens - He's taken his time to find his feet in the Premier League, but now doesn't look at all out of place. A month of tidy performances including playing a big role in that sweeping passing goal at Stoke

Polls close at 8pm on Sunday 4th March