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Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month: January winner

Blackburn Rovers striker Adam Armstrong has been named the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for January.

8 February 2019

Two goals, four assists and a penalty won made it quite a month for Armstrong for whom the wide role behind Danny Graham seems a perfect fit.

Able to use his pace at will, his vision to pick out a pass which has been equally impressive.

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray said: “Adam was hugely impressive. Millwall jumps to mind, him coming off the bench and making a massive impact on the game.

"He scored a wonderful goal and made Joe Nuttall’s goal as well, but the other goals he’s scored and the goals he’s created don’t surprise us.

"The work that he puts in and the amount of running and damage he can do to teams is sometimes not rewarded.

"I’ve spoken to Adam and ultimately he sees himself as a number nine and yet we have Danny Graham and Bradley Dack - a pretty potent strikeforce - so to add to that we use Adam off the side, but as time evolves, I’m pretty sure Adam will find himself playing down the middle. 

"There’s a process to go through before that happens. We’re happy with the strikeforce we’ve got at the moment and Adam’s supplementing that, but it’s great for him to get the rewards for his efforts, by picking up the personal award because of his goals and the chances that he creates for us to score. He should take a lot from the last few weeks."

Armstrong said: “I’m buzzing to win it for the first time playing in the Championship, so hopefully it’s the first of many.

“I don’t normally look back, but when you do look back it’s been a great month for us and for me personally. Hopefully we can keep this form up.

“I’m a bit of a winger now, so the goals mean just as much as the assists.

“The gaffer has given me the freedom to stay out wide and do what I’m good at. It’s working at the moment, so let’s keep it going.

“The award will go on the mantelpiece. It’ll be in my living room tonight. In any walk of life, if you get an accolade you want to show it off."

Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Often overshadowed by Bradley Dack and Danny Graham, Armstrong’s all-round play allowed him to shine in January as he contributed to all four of their wins.

“When attackers pick up this award, it’s usually because of their goal tally, but it was Armstrong’s ability to create chances for his team mates that set him apart.”

Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “Adam Armstrong was in outstanding form for Blackburn this month with two goals and four assists.

“Along with Dack and Graham he will be pivotal to Rovers push to get in the top six this season. The Lancashire club are 50/1 for back-to-back promotions and 12/1 to make the Play-Offs.”

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