After helping Wolves to three clean sheets last month, defender Matt Doherty has been voted September’s PFA Player of the Month.
Picking up his first Premier League goal last weekend, the Irishman fought off a number of A-list contenders.
With 39% of the votes, Doherty finished above Eden Hazard (26%) and Alexandre Lacazette (18%).
— Wolves (@Wolves) October 8, 2018
Doherty wins PFA Player of the Month
Although the 26-year-old missed out on a call up to Martin O’Neil’s Ireland squad, the defender is enjoying a bright start to the season.
With Wolves now unbeaten in their last five Premier League matches, Doherty has been a key part of their successful return to top flight football.
Nuno Espírito Santo’s side have now conceded just one goal in their last six matches in all competitions.
In fact, no side outside of the top three holds a better defensive record.
It isn’t just defensively where Doherty has shown his importance to Wolves.
Scoring the winner in their 1-0 win over Crystal Palace last weekend, he also grabbed two assists in September.
Wolves’ longest standing player also averaged over two clearances per game.
Despite his success in the Premier League, Doherty is yet to make a competitive appearance for Ireland.
“I think he can Improve”
Gaining a long list of admirers for Wolves’ performances on route to lifting the Championship title, Santos will be desperate to avoid complacency setting in.
Wolves finished nine points clear of Cardiff last season.
Speaking after Saturday’s win at Selhurst Park, Santos believes that Doherty still has plenty of room to improve.
“I think he can improve, but he did okay today. He scored the goal and he will try to repeat some of the goals that he scored last season.”
With a points tally of 15, Santo’s side finds themselves sat seventh in the table.
If Doherty and Wolves can continue their impressive start, a push for European football could be on the cards.
After the international break, they will welcome Watford to Molineux before an away fixture against Brighton.