Birmingham City striker Lukas Jutkiewicz has been named the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for October.
In the form of his Championship life, the striker demonstrated his prowess in the air with three towering headers among his five goals, which included a hat-trick against Rotherham. Also set up his side’s winning goal at Stoke.
Birmingham City manager Garry Monk said: “Everyone at the Club is absolutely delighted for him. It's thoroughly deserved. Lukas' worth to the team since we've come in has been immense.
"People talk about the goals, but it's not just that it has been his all-round contribution this month and those months previously - phenomenal. His challenge is to continue that."
Jutkiewicz said: “It is lovely to pick up this award. I very much appreciate it, but it has been a good month for us as a team, we have picked up a lot of points and managed to turn what was a lot of draws into the wins that we wanted.
“I think a lot of the credit goes to my team mates. I rely on the service they provide and that has been top quality, so have to thank them for that.
“Playing regularly helps. Since the manager has come in I have played in all the games and it helps with your confidence to know that a manager is willing pick you week in, week out.”
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “By setting the team up to Jutkiewicz’s strengths, Gary Monk has reaped the benefits of the striker’s undoubtable talents.
“’The Juke’ is flying this season, with a goal against Derby in Birmingham’s first November fixture bringing his total to nine, only two fewer than his best season in England.”
Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “Birmingham striker Lukas Jutkiewicz is in the form of his life at the moment as he scored five goals in the month of October including a hat-trick against Rotherham.
Blues sit comfortably in mid table after a slow start but are now progressing nicely and are 14/1 for promotion.”