Very recently, after Liverpool had annihilated Watford by a resounding 5-0 – which, by the by, isn’t even their most impressive annihilation of the month, there was Mohamed Salah, the man of the moment.
The sun shining on him, as goes for his side, another goal in the bag, another reason to dub him as the world’s best but Salah has something else in mind.
He is already looking at improvements to his game, because obviously, seven Premier League goals in eight games isn’t a good enough return – he would go on to get three in Manchester United’s 5-0 rout.
So he goes to Ben Foster to explicitly ask which way would he had dived had the visitors been awarded a penalty.
There’s a touch of Pep Guardiola to that, who is also recognised for his incessant hunger to improve, and we do know how good the Spaniard is.
This drive and this unparalleled zeal that is the reason why Salah is arguably the best in the world right now. It’s not the goals, it’s not the assists – obviously, that’s important – it’s the attitude.
His statistics, in the image below, highlight his brilliance.
It’s elite. It’s world-class. Good players celebrate their achievements, great players reflect on what more could they have done differently.
And a player of that kind of mentality and ability can only be fitting as one of the leading candidates for the GMS Player of the Month Award.
That is not to say that others don’t make a case. In fact, there’s many of them who do.
Edouard Mendy: Two clean sheets and eight saves
This man has been no less than a wall for Chelsea, keeping two clean sheets in October.
With every game passing by, his case as one of the world’s top three shot-stoppers is getting stronger and louder.
Hwang Hee-Chan: Three goals, four shots
Let’s talk about Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Hwang Hee-Chan. He has bagged three goals, scoring twice against Newcastle United and netting another in a 1-1 draw against Leeds United.
Keep an eye on him, for he looks the part.
Aaron Ramsdale: One clean sheet, nine saves
The man who didn’t have the best reception when he arrived at Arsenal has since been doing bits. His one clean sheet may not seem extraordinary but the nine saves made sure do.
He is starting to develop a bit of a reputation among the Arsenal faithful.
Angelo Ogbonna: One goal, 11 aerials won
Ogbonna has been in a league of his own for West Ham United. They sit fourth with 17 points and he’s one of the reasons why.
The man’s been a real warrior at the back, reflected best in his 11 aerial duels won.
Phil Foden: Three goals, one assist
Last but not the least, Phil Foden completes the list. England’s starboy keeps on adding different dimensions to his game and is without a doubt, a strong contender for the player of the month.
Three goals and an assist is quite the return, isn’t it?