Malouda scooped the honour after a series of outstanding performances helped his side bounce back from European disappointment in their challenge for the Barclays Premier League title.

The French international netted an impressive five goals in four Barclays Premier League fixtures, taking his season tally to a personal-best 11, as well as laying on a further three goals for his teammates.

fine month

Malouda's fine month began with a goal and two assists in Chelsea's comfortable 4-1 win over West Ham United at Stamford Bridge and continued with a brace of strikes as the Blues inflicted a 5-0 defeat on Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

The best was to follow, however, as the in-form winger netted a further two goals and made another for Frank Lampard in Chelsea's emphatic 7-1 home win over Aston Villa.

This is the first time that Florent Malouda has won the Barclays Player of the Month award since joining Chelsea from French side Lyon in the summer of 2007.

The decision was made by the Barclays Awards Panel, which includes representatives from football's governing bodies, the media and fans.