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Leon named Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month

8 December 2017

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Leon Clarke has been named the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for November.

Unsurprisingly, Clarke has beaten Albert Adomah, Barry Douglas and Matej Vydra to the award after netting nine goals in just four appearances last month.

Clarke's haul saw him net four times in the 4-1 win over Hull City (which included a 'perfect' hat-trick), the third goal in United's victory at Burton Albion, another 'perfect' treble against Fulham at Bramall Lane and the equaliser against Birmingham City.

Entering Friday evening's clash against Bristol City, which will be televised live on Sky Sports, United's number 9 has 13 goals to his name in the league and is the division's top scorer.

Clarke said: "It's a really nice achievement. Personally, it was a good month goalscoring-wise but obviously for the team it wasn't so good, we didn't pick up as many point as we would've liked.

"Every time I go on the pitch it's an opportunity to prove to people that doubted me at Championship level.

"To have 13 goals already has hopefully silenced a few people's opinions of me, but I'm not going to stop at 13 goals, I'm going to keep going and striving to achieve more goals this season."

Sky Sports' EFL pundit Don Goodman said: "Not since Luis Suarez in March 2013 has a player scored as many goals in a calendar month as Clarke did in November.

"He's finally found a home and has fans that love him and it really shows. When he's getting service like he got in November, goals are sure to flow."

Sky Bet EFL trader Mikey Mumford said: "Leon Clarke has been the standout performer in the Championship in a month which he has scored by the bucket load.

"His nine league goals have elevated him to the top of the scoring charts in the second tier where he can now be backed at 6/1 with Sky Bet having been as big as 20/1 before his excellent four-goal salvo against Hull.

"He then followed that up with a hat-trick in an epic encounter with Fulham where he definitely didn't deserve to be on the losing side and his goals alongside fellow striker Billy Sharp will be key as the Blades aim to stay in the promotion hunt."


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