Charlie Austin has taken the Premier League Player of the Month award for the month of December.
The QPR striker scored five goals in the festive month, including a hat-trick in a comeback win over West Bromwich Albion – and beat the likes of Harry Kane, Eden Hazard, John Terry, David Silva and Santi Cazorla to the award.
He becomes only the second QPR player to win the award after Trevor Sinclair achieved the feat in October 1995.
It’s a team game
"To win awards like this is very pleasing," Austin told his club's official website.
"But it’s not all about me – it’s a team game – and my team-mates deserve as much credit as I do for this award. All I am focused on is helping QPR gain as many points as possible and if I’m scoring goals, that’s great.
"But it’s not all about me – it’s a team game – and my team-mates deserve as much credit as I do for this award. All I am focused on is helping QPR gain as many points as possible and if I’m scoring goals, that’s great"
Charlie and the goal scoring factory
"I’ve scored 13 so far in the Premier League and I’m really pleased with where I am. Hopefully it can continue and we can start climbing the table as quickly as possible."
Austin’s goals in December included one against Burnley and Arsenal as well as three in a dramatic six-pointer against West Brom. But he also provided an assist for Leroy Fer’s opener against Burnley and also made 71 successful passes in 435 minutes of December football.
With Austin claiming the prestigious award it will certainly add to his list of credentials for a call-up to the England squad that will face Lithuania in March.
“The highlight was scoring my first Premier League hat-trick. It was a great moment for me but more important was the three points against West Bromwich Albion," the Hoops' striker added.