Friday 12 September 2014
Chelsea striker Diego Costa and Swansea City manager Garry Monk have been rewarded for their impressive starts to the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season by winning the Barclays monthly awards for August.
Costa, 25, has made an immediate impact at Stamford Bridge after his arrival from La Liga champions Atletico Madrid in the summer. He has scored four goals in Chelsea's three opening Barclays Premier League fixtures as the Blues opened up the campaign with victories against Burnley, Leicester City and Everton.
Costa has also had nine shots at goal so far, with six being on target which is the joint highest in the competition together with Liverpool's Raheem Sterling and Swansea City's Wilfried Bony.
"I’m very happy to win this award," Costa chelseafc.com. "It is important to begin well at a new club and I’m pleased with both my start to the season and also the team’s, which is the most important thing.
"I hope to continue scoring goals to help out the team and keep making our fantastic supporters happy. I thank my team-mates as they have helped me win this award."
Monk, who was appointed Swans manager on a permanent basis in the summer after taking over from Michael Laudrup last season, has led Swansea City to a 100% start to the campaign including a 2-1 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford on the opening day of the season. It is the first time he has received the award but said it was a result of a team effort.
"It’s about the players, myself, the staff around me day-to-day and the staff in the office working hard," Monk told swanseacity.net. "This is who I dedicate the award to.
"We have made a great start, but that’s all it is – a start. There will be ups and downs but we will make sure that we maintain our standards and that should see us achieve a good season. All three games have had everything in terms of performance, which is very pleasing, but we have to continue improving.
"But we still have to improve and there is a lot of work to do. The main thing is that the players are willing to do just that."
Chelsea's and Swansea City's 100% records will be under scrutiny on Saturday, when the two clubs meet at Stamford Bridge.
The Barclays awards are voted for by the Barclays panel, a group of former players, journalists and key football stakeholders.
The nominees for the August awards were:
Manager: Garry Monk (Swansea City), Jose Mourinho (Chelsea), Paul Lambert (Aston Villa)
Player: Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas (both Chelsea), Nathan Dyer, Gylfi Sigurdsson (both Swansea), Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa).
|Diego Costa's goals in August
|Burnley 1-3 Chelsea
|Chelsea 2-0 Leicester City
|Everton 3-6 Chelsea