- Ilkay Gundogan has thanked his team-mates after winning the Premier League Player of the Month of January award
- The sensational German star scored five goals in his last 6 matches for the Citizens
- He has been instrumental to Pep Guardiola’s side as they extend their lead on the standings
There are celebrations at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City star Ilkay Gindogan has been presented with the Premier League Player of the Month of January award.
The German international who has stepped up his game has been impressive since the turn of the new calendar year, contributing immensely to the Citizen’s sizzling form so far.
Pep Guardiola’s side have won their last ten consecutive Premier League matches to go five points clear atop of the English topflight.
Six of the victories were in the new year - with Gundogan’s efforts visible to the officials as he stands out from the crowd. He tweeted:
"An honour to be Premier Peague Player of the Month. Thanks to everyone who has voted for me. A big thank you to all my teammates - it would have not been possible without your amazing support!"
Although he is not famous for goal scoring, the Manchester City number 8 has scored five goals in just six matches, including a brace against West Brom, inspiring his side to a five goal win.
He fired in a goal of the season contender against Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium, skipping past Andros Townsend before angling a strike into Vicente Guaita's far corner.
Gundogan also opened the scoring against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, beating Edouard Mendy from the edge of the area with a driven strike that got City on their way to a comfortable away win.
He helped the club to set a new record in English football following their 3-1 win over Swansea in the FA Cup quarter-finals as they reach the semis.
Goals by Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus were enough to hand the Citizens their 15th straight win in all competitions.
Manchester City have now surpassed Preston which had 14 consecutive wins during the 1891-1892 season as well as the Arsenal team of 1987-1988 season which also managed 14 straight wins.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Nigerian forward Kelechi Iheanacho was the hero for Leicester City in their 1-0 FA Cup fifth-round triumph over Brighton and Hove Albion at the King Power Stadium earlier this week.
The 94th-minute header was all the Foxes needed to advance to the quarterfinal of the longest cup competition in England.
Youri Tielemans provided the assist for the crucial goal after delivering a timely cross that helped the unmarked Super Eagles attacker find the back of the net with a header.
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