Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha, Tottenham's Christian Eriksen win Prem awards
Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha was named the Premier League's Player of the Month on Wednesday, while Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen picked up the division's Goal of the Month award for April.
Ivory Coast international Zaha scored four goals -- including a brace in the 3-2 win over rivals Brighton -- and registered an assist as Palace went unbeaten with two wins and two draws that went a long way to confirming their Premier League status for next season.
"I'm just happy that the performances are coming together and people are actually seeing for themselves that I've put in the hard work," the 25-year-old said.
"I prefer playing up front really, because I feel like if I make the right run, or if I get the ball at the right time, I can just be one-on-one with the defender and then if I manage to get past the centre-back, it's one-on-one with the 'keeper.
"So, I feel better in that position."
It is the fourth time the award has gone to an African player this season. Egypt international Mohamed Salah has picked up the prize three times this term while his Liverpool teammate and Senegal forward Sadio Mane won the first award of the campaign back in August.
Eriksen won his prize for the stunning long-range strike he scored in Tottenham's 3-1 win at Chelsea on April 1.
The Denmark internaitonal's effort was followed up by goals in the subsequent 2-1 win at Stoke and the 3-1 home defeat to champions Manchester City.
"Before I received the ball I knew I had some space to take it into and to get my shot away," the 26-year-old said.
"It's definitely up there [as one of my best] and it's one of my most important goals. I am pleased with how it went in."
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