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It didn’t need the Liverpool game for James Tarkowski to win the Up the Clarets August Player of the Month. He already had a lead of eleven points over Ashley Barnes in second place but this game has seen him move even further ahead.

1920 burnley james tarkowski 00 500x500Two man of the match awards in his four appearances, coupled with a clean sweep of four out of four in the player ratings, has given Tarky the biggest of margins to kick start his defence for the player of the year.

He polled 57% in the man of the match award and that left him way ahead of the field. Dwight McNeil, with a 14% return, was the only other player to reach double figures to give him second place while third and fourth places went to midfield pair Ashley Westwood and Jack Cork who both won 6% of the vote with Westwood just edging ahead of Cork by two votes.

Tarkowski was way ahead of the field again in the player ratings. Although his lowest rating so far this season, his 7.60 out of 10 was the only rating above seven. McNeil was again second with a rating of 6.57 while Nick Pope took third place with 6.36. Cork was again fourth with a rating of 6.15 out of 10.

This result has given Tarkowski another maximum of ten points. McNeil is next with six points while all of Cork, Pope and Westwood won two points.

So, a massive 21 lead for Tarkowski in the player of the year table which is also the final table for the player of the month. He has 35 points, an incredible return for a player who amazingly has not won a place in the current England squad. Barnes remains second with 14 points, one ahead of Ben Mee while Aaron Lennon and Pope are the other two players in double figures.

The next vote will be for the Brighton game which will be underway soon after the game on Saturday 14th September following this international break.

The Liverpool result and the player of the month table are below.


57% – James Tarkowski
14% – Dwight McNeil
6% – Ashley Westwood
6% – Jack Cork
5% – Nick Pope
5% – Erik Pieters
3% – Aaron Lennon
1% – Matt Lowton
1% – Ben Mee
1% – Chris Wood
0% – Ashley Barnes


7.60 – James Tarkowski
6.57 – Dwight McNeil
6.36 – Nick Pope
6.15 – Jack Cork
5.91 – Ashley Westwood
5.85- Erik Pieters
5.83 – Aaron Lennon
5.32 – Ben Mee
5.28 – Chris Wood
5.19 – Ashley Barnes
4.64 – Matt Lowton


35: James Tarkowski
14: Ashley Barnes
13: Ben Mee
10: Aaron Lennon & Nick Pope
7: Dwight McNeil
5: Matěj Vydra
4: Erik Pieters
3: Ashley Westwood & Chris Wood
2: Jack Cork, Danny Drinkwater & Jay Rodriguez
1: Joe Hart & Matt Lowton

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