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Choosing our best player after the recent win at Arsenal proved a difficult task if only to decide between two players who should be voted the best.

Nick Pope was again in top form in goal and he was one of the candidates alongside midfielder Josh Brownhill and it was Pope who came out on top, just about, in both the man of the match vote and in the player ratings.

Both Pope and Brownhill secured 33% of the man of the match vote with Pope winning it by just two votes. James Tarkowski took third place with 16% while 5% of the vote won fourth place for Ashley Westwood.

The top two were just about kept apart in the player ratings too. Again Pope was the winner with a rating of 8.68 out of 10, the highest rating any player has achieved so far this season, and again right behind was Brownhill who scored 8.66. Tarkowski was again third with a score of 8.55 while Ben Mee, with a rating of 8.41 out of 10, took fourth place.

It’s another ten points for Pope towards the Up the Clarets Player of the Year with Brownhill winning six points, four points for Tarkowski and one each for Mee and Westwood and those points have given us a new leader at the top of the table with Pope moving five points clear of Charlie Taylor who has led for some time. Brownhill is just a further three points behind.

We will have the Villa result tomorrow while you can still VOTE until the end of Christmas Eve for the man of the match against Wolves. Then, look out for the next vote after the Leeds game on Sunday.

The Arsenal result and the current player of the year table are below.

MAN OF THE MATCH

33% – Nick Pope
33% – Josh Brownhill
16% – James Tarkowski
5% – Ashley Westwood
4% – Robbie Brady
3% – Ben Mee
2% – Matt Lowton
1% – Dwight McNeil
1% – Charlie Taylor
1% – Chris Wood
1% – Matěj Vydra
0% – Ashley Barnes
0% – Jay Rodriguez

PLAYER RATINGS

8.68 – Nick Pope
8.66 – Josh Brownhill
8.55 – James Tarkowski
8.41 – Ben Mee
8.05 – Charlie Taylor
7.95 – Ashley Westwood
7.84 – Matt Lowton
7.77 – Robbie Brady
7.39 – Dwight McNeil
6.45 – Jay Rodriguez
6.43 – Ashley Barnes
6.38 – Matěj Vydra
6.11 Chris Wood

UP THE CLARETS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

45: Nick Pope
40: Charlie Taylor
37: Josh Brownhill
26: James Tarkowski
18: Dwight McNeil
17: Kevin Long & Ben Mee
14: Phil Bardsley & Jimmy Dunne
12: Ashley Westwood
10: Josh Benson & Bailey Peacock-Farrell
9: Jay Rodriguez
8: Erik Pieters
7: Matt Lowton & Matěj Vydra
6: Robbie Brady & Bobby Thomas
4: Chris Wood
3: Ashley Barnes
1: Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson & Dale Stephens

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