Michail Antonio has been named the EA SPORTS Player of the Month for the first time after his phenomenal goalscoring in July helped keep West Ham United in the Premier League.
At the end of June, only goal difference was keeping the Hammers out of the bottom three.
The striker also became the first West Ham player to score four goals in a single Premier League away match, achieving the feat in a 4-0 victory at Norwich City.
He believes his recent move up front, after previously being a winger, has been significant, even if it brings some new challenges.
“I’d definitely say the switch inspired the form because as a striker you get more opportunities and people are creating the opportunities for you," says Antonio.
"But I think playing up front is harder too, because you’re playing with your back to games.
"When you’re out wide you get the ball on the sides, you get opportunities to run at defenders so they’re on the back foot, instead of you having your back to play."
Antonio achieved a career ambition with his four-goal haul against Norwich.
“I’d never scored a hat-trick before," he says. "There was one game when I was playing for Southampton [while on loan in 2009/10 League One] against Carlisle.
"I scored two goals in quick succession and Alan Pardew subbed me. He said, ‘I’m trying to sign you. I can’t afford for you to be getting hat-tricks!’ ”
Votes from fans on the EA SPORTS website were combined with those of the 20 club captains, plus a panel of football experts, to decide the winner.
August: Teemu Pukki (NOR)
September: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ARS)
October: Jamie Vardy (LEI)
November: Sadio Mane (LIV)
December: Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV)
January: Sergio Aguero (MCI)
February: Bruno Fernandes (MUN)
June: Bruno Fernandes (MUN)
July: Michail Antonio (WHU)