Matt Doherty has been voted September’s PFA Player of the Month by football fans across the country after his heroics helped Wolves keep three Premier League clean sheets last month.
In a vote carried out during the weekend, where Doherty scored his first ever Premier League goal to secure a 1-0 win for Wolves at Crystal Palace, the impressive Irish right wing-back won by a landslide.
The 26-year-old received 39 per cent of the vote for September, ahead of Chelsea forward Eden Hazard who took second place with 26 per cent.
Wolves picked up 10 points out of a possible 12 in September with victories over West Ham, Burnley and Southampton – games where they all kept clean sheets – and a 1-1 draw away to Man United.
Doherty was part of the Wolves backline which conceded just one goal last month, while he also provided two assists in the wins over Burnley and Southampton at Molineux and made an average of 2.1 clearances per game.
The Dublin man is the fourth Irish player ever to win the award and the first in 11 years.
? Matt Doherty slides @Wolves in front
— Premier League (@premierleague) October 6, 2018
The full list of contenders from the final shortlist polled were as follows:
- Matt Doherty (Wolves) – 39 per cent
- Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – 26 per cent
- Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) – 18 per cent
- James Maddison (Leicester City) – eight per cent
- Sergio Aguero (Man City) – five per cent
- Raheem Sterling (Man City) – four per cent
The Ireland international has certainly proved a point to manager Martin O’Neill, who has shown a reluctance to play him for the national team. He is yet to receive a competitive cap.
Seamús Coleman usually occupies the right-back position for Ireland, however, his injury gives Doherty a chance to stake his claim for a place in the side.
Doherty is in the squad to face Denmark on Saturday 13th October and Wales on Tuesday 16th October.