Thursday, 24 March 2011


With little more than a week to go before voting closes, the race for the title of ESPN Fans' Player of the Month in the npower Championship is hotting up nicely.
R's flamboyant midfielder Adel Taarabt - this week named Championship Player of the Year at the Football League awards is a serious contender.
But the likes of Danny Graham, Nicky Maynard, Jonny Howson and Grant Holt are putting up quite a fight for our last monthly prize of the season.

Adel Taarabt (QPR) ... QPR's mercurial Moroccan playmaker Adel Taarabt has already been named the Npower Player of the Year and he has continued to weave his magic throughout March, helping Rangers open up a nine-point lead at the top of the table. Earlier this week QPR boss Neil Warnock said: "He's the most talented player I have ever seen."
Danny Graham (Watford) ... Danny Graham has already won the Fans' Player of the Month award this season and he has a good chance of picking up the trophy for a second time after scoring in each of the Hornets' last six matches. His strike in the 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough on Saturday has taken his tally to an impressive 24 for the campaign.
Nicky Maynard (Bristol City) ... Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard missed the first six months of the season after undergoing knee surgery, but he is now making up for the lost time after scoring four goals in six starts for the Robins. The Club's record signing is now setting his sights on overhauling teammate Brett Pitmans's tally of 11 and finishing the campaign as City's top-scorer for the third year running.
Jonathon Howson (Leeds) ... Leeds' skipper Howson has been in outstanding form this season and he is hoping to lead the Yorkshire outfit to promotion this season. "There will be twists and turns along the way but we just have to focus on our jobs," he said. Howson bagged a brace in the 5-2 victory against Doncaster earlier in the month.
Grant Holt (Norwich) ... Grant Holt is now just two goals adrift of breaking the 20-mark for the season after scoring in the 3-1 victory against Bristol City last week. The 29 year-old Carlisle-born striker has been on target in three of the Canaries' four games in March and his form has helped the club stay in contention for a top two finish.
Two other players who have been picking up plenty of votes this month include Ipswich's highly-rated young striker Connor Wickham and Portsmouth's in-form goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown.
You can vote for Adel now by clicking here.

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