While Marvin Sordell and Danny Graham have earned the plaudits for Watford so far this campaign, one player has gone about his business quietly and effectively.
Captain John Eustace has been the driving force behind the Hornets’ surprisingly strong start to the season, forming a formidable partnership with youngster Jordan Mutch at the heart of midfield.
The 30-year-old is renowned for being a tough-tackling defensive midfielder but this season he has also displayed a wide range of passing, an eye for goal and most importantly, a calming influence amongst a very young squad.
Of course, things could have been very different if Eustace had decided to join Leeds United this summer instead of signing a new-two-year deal at Vicarage Road.
It was not the first time that he had shown loyalty to the club. Last summer, he amended his contract, lowering his appearance fee and allowing Mackay to select him in the first team.
He went on to make over 40 league appearances last year, helping the team survive relegation and eventually picking up the Supporter’s Player of the Season award.
And he continued that form into this campaign, scoring in the opening day 3-2 win over Norwich City before an early goal-of-the-season contender in the 2-2 draw with Coventry a week later.
This month in particular, Eustace led the team to an impressive 1-0 victory at Sheffield United and stood out once again in the games against Portsmouth and Ipswich.
So my vote for Championship Player of the Month goes to John Eustace. VOTE HERE
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