Saturday, November 15, 2008


Frank Lampard and Nicolas Anelka have both received Barclays Premier League Awards this afternoon (Friday).

The pair have been recognised for their superb form in the early part of the season, Lampard by receiving the Barclays Player of the Month for October accolade, while Anelka has been awarded a golden boot and £1,000 for charity after becoming the first player to reach 10 Premier League goals this season.

Anelka, 29, said: 'I am very pleased because it is difficult to reach 10 goals in any season. I am glad and I hope that I will keep scoring goals. Obviously my team-mates help me a lot to score goals.

'Frank can do everything, he can score, give good assists and he wants to win every game so I think he is one of the best midfielders in the world.'

The French international, who opted to donate to our national charity partner CLIC Sargent, reached the milestone after netting twice at Blackburn last weekend, one of which was expertly assisted by Lampard, who scored twice during October including the sublime chip at Hull.

Lampard is the second Chelsea player to win the Barclays Player of the Month award this season after Deco won August's prize. It is the first time Lampard has been awarded since October 2005, and his three awards put him one behind the record for most monthly player accolades jointly held by six players.

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

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