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Who will be crowned the August Premier League Player of the Month?

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The first month of the 2015/16 Premier League season has already come and gone, and following the recent international break our thoughts now turn back to England highest league alongside the upcoming Player of the Month award.

There have been a number of players to have caught the eye in the opening rounds of the new campaign with Manchester City's Aleksander Kolarov and David Silva, Manchester United's Chris Smalling, Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez, and Swansea duo Bafatimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew those nominated for the prestigious award.

Each have performed superbly and deserve their place amongst the other five nominations, but who will come out on top?

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Chris Smalling

Diving straight in, Smalling will be an outside candidate to win the award for August. He has played well, that much has never been in doubt, but United's defence haven't yet faced a big enough test to really prove their defensive credentials and even when given a half-chance, against Swansea, they were torn apart by two of the other nominees - Ayew and Gomis.

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Aleksander Kolarov

Next up is left-back Kolarov, who has been has been absolutely outstanding in the first few games of the season and can be largely to thank for City's 100% record so far.

However, compared to the other candidates Kolarov again doesn't stand much chance when each player's individual contributions to their respective teams are considered. Take nothing away from Kolarov's performances so far this season, though.

Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis

The Swansea duo have enjoyed excellent starts to the new season, epitomised by their stellar performances against United and Chelsea and scoring three and four goals thus far respectively.

Both have reached heights that few thought that they could, and for this very reason puts them both in equally good stead to come away with the award.

Riyad Mahrez

Mahrez has been one of the biggest surprise packages of the season so far, and if he goes on to continue in this vein of form he could have a fantastic season.

The 24-year-old has helped Leicester maintain an unbeaten record so far - an excellent achievement by their standards - owing largely to his four goals so far this season.

David Silva

David Silva completes the list of inform players. The Spaniard has shone brighter than most else, with his impeccable vision and creativity something to behold, and almost seems a man reborn since being moved into his preferred central role after what was an indifferent season last year.

His ability to part opposition defences with a solitary through ball is unlike many others and will prove pivotal to City's title bid this season.

My Prediction: David Silva.

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