Manchester City in-form midfielder, Illkay Gundogan wins the English Premier League player of the month for January helping his retake the top spot in the EPL title race.
The German midfield has played a major role during City's rise up the Premier League table, and last month the 30-year-old scored five goals in six league games to help his side take control of the title race.
An honour to be @premierleague Player of the Month. Thanks to everyone who has voted for me ⭐?? A big thank you to all my teammates - it would have not been possible without your amazing support!?@ManCity pic.twitter.com/yIXJI9Sgpl— Ilkay Gündogan (@IlkayGuendogan) February 12, 2021
City have won their last 10 league games in a row, and during January Gundogan was on target in victories over Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and West Brom.
"The highlight of January? I don't even know," said Gundogan. "I think it was all month because we won all the games. It was just the run, you know the feeling that you have inside yourself that you're so strong at the moment as a team, not just yourself, that's just an amazing feeling.
"I had that feeling a few times in the season where we had 100 points, or the season after where we won one point ahead of Liverpool, or when I used to play for Borussia Dortmund.
"You have that feeling sometimes where you just feel so strong and unbeatable. That was the best moment that went all throughout the month."
The German missed the start of the campaign after testing positive for COVID-19, but he has since emerged as a regular starter in central midfield under Pep Guardiola, who is shortlisted for the Manager of the Month award alongside Arsenal's Mikel Arteta, Brighton's Graham Potter and West Ham's David Moyes.
Most recently, Gundogan scored his eighth and ninth Premier League goals of the campaign in City's 4-1 thrashing of Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
It means his goal tally is already higher than in any of his previous four full seasons at the Etihad Stadium, while he is also the Premier League's top scorer since December 15.