AFC Bournemouth’s Dominic Solanke has been voted December 2023’s EA SPORTS Player of the Month, winning the prize for the first time in his career and also becoming the first ever AFC Bournemouth player to win the award.
Solanke who scored six goals in December to move just two behind Erling Haaland and Mohamed Salah in the race to be this season’s top scorer, helped Bournemouth win four and draw one of their six December matches to climb to within three points of the top half of the table.
The 26-year-old netted in a 2-2 draw with high-flying Aston Villa, recorded his first career hat-trick to inspire a 3-2 turnaround win at Nottingham Forest, and scored in 3-0 victories over both Manchester United and Fulham.
Solanke is only the fourth Bournemouth player or manager to win a Premier League monthly award, after Eddie Howe who won the Barclays Manager of the Month three times between 2017 and 2018, while Charlie Daniels and Jermain Defoe won the Goal of the Month prize in August and December 2017 respectively.
Solanke topped an eight-man shortlist after votes on the EA SPORTS website were combined with those of a panel of football experts.