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Sunday, 06 November 2011

Squarefootball's Team of the Month: October


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This October gave us so many wonderful moments. From Arsenal's 5-3 win at Chelsea to Manchester City's amazing 6-1 demolition of Manchester United at Old Trafford, the month of October will live long in the memory of all football fans.

Roberto Mancini's men continued their dominance at the top of the table, Newcastle remain undefeated and Tottenham's Scott Parker has been simply immense.

There are a few players who are nailed on for a starting place in October's Team of the Month - Arsenal's Robin Van Persie and Tottenham's Scott Parker for example - but who has made up the rest of the team? Mitch Waddon selects his Team of the Month for October.

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Goalkeeper: David De Gea (Manchester United)

De Gea makes it into our Team of the Month, being one of only two goalkeepers to keep two or more clean sheets in the Premier League in October. The young Spaniard is seems more settled into the English game and has been the difference for United in some games.

Right Back: Micah Richards (Manchester City)

I'm tipping Richards for an England call-up this weekend. His performances for City have been nothing sort of outstanding in recent times and his determination to both defend and attack give City an edge over all opponents.

Centre Back: Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle)

The Newcastle captain has been at the heart of a strong and nearly inpenetrable defence, earning him a slot in our Team of the Month. The Argentine commands the back four and ensures that the Mags' undefeated run remains intact.

Centre Back: Younes Kaboul (Tottenham)

Ever-present for Spurs in October, I can only say good things about Kaboul. With injuries ruling out Dawson and Gallas, Kaboul has stepped into the back line and defended for his life. It looks like Harry Redknapp has another pleasant selection headache.

Left Back: Leighton Baines (Everton)

Consistently fantastic for Everton, Baines earns his place in our team following a string of exceptional performances for the Toffees. A danger from set pieces and a powerful defender, Baines is knocking at the door to knock Ashley Cole off the perch as England's number one left-back.

Right Centre-Midfield: James Milner (Manchester City)

Milner is providing Roberto Mancini with many a selection headache. His continuious fantastic effort for City has been an important clog in their dominanting machine.

Centre Midfield: Scott Parker (Tottenham)

Rafael Van Der Vaart recently stated in an interview that Scott Parker was the best player Spurs had and you'll do hard to find anyone that disagrees with him. Scotty P breaks up play and starts attacks in the blink of an eye. I can't think of any player more determined and who puts in more effort.

Left-Centre-Midfield: Joe Allen (Swansea)

Two goals from the Welshman has helped the Swans in their rise up the table this month. Solid in the midfield and dangerous on the offensive, opposition defenders be aware!

Right Forward: Demba Ba (Newcastle)

Five goals in October for Demba Ba, including an impressive hat-trick against Stoke. The Senegalese football is fast repaying the faith Alan Pardew has put in him.

Centre Forward: Mario Balotelli (Manchester City)

Has Balotelli dispelled the 'Bad boy' image? Maybe not quite yet, but there's no denying his contribution so far this season, including four Premier League goals in October. Balotelli is certainly showing that City don't need Carlos Tevez.

Left Forward: Robin Van Persie (Arsenal)

The Arsenal captain had a fantastic October, scoring a brilliant seven goals in the Premier League, including a memorable hat-trick at Chelsea. The Gunners' number 10 can't stop scoring this season. With 27 goals in 28 games in 2011, how he isn't on the shortlist for the Ballon D'or I'll never know.

Manager of the month: Alan Pardew (Newcastle)

Pardew continues to defy the odds at Newcastle, leading the Magpies to third in the Premier League. After being tipped to see his side fighting against relegation, is it a step too far to see the ex-West Ham and Southampton being linked with the England?

 Do you agree with our Team of the Month? If not, why not submit your alternative? We'd love to hear from you!

Don't forget to follow me on Twitter for all the latest news and articles. @Mitch Waddon

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