26-year-old Solanke crowned first ever Cherries player to win Premier League player of the month

AFC Bournemouth forward Dominic Solanke has been crowned Premier League player of the month.

The 26-year-old becomes the first ever Cherries player to win the award, after five-and-a-half seasons in the top flight.

Dominic Solanke enjoyed a stellar December, netting six goals in six appearances.

According to the Vanguard, that included a brilliant hat-trick, the first of his professional career, in a comeback 3-2 win at Nottingham Forest.

Solanke also scored in victories over Manchester United and Fulham, as well as finding the net in a 2-2 draw against Aston Villa, as Cherries embarked on a five-match unbeaten run.

The one-time England international also played his part in victory at Crystal Palace, before the month ended in defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.

Voted for by a combination of supporters and a panel of experts, Solanke saw off competition from seven other nominees to win the award.

They included his Cherries teammate Marcos Senesi, Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold, Tottenham Hotspur talisman Son Heung-min and Chelsea ace Cole Palmer.

Matheus Cunha (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Mohammed Kudus (West Ham United) and Michael Olise (Crystal Palace) were also shortlisted.

Solanke is enjoying his best top-flight season in terms of goals, having notched 12 times in the opening half of the campaign.

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