September saw a staggered return to consciousness for European football after a brief slumber and it was a month filled with epic drama.
Key protagonists came to the stage, and in some leagues were even greeted by the welcome return of a live audience.
Although some competitions are slightly ahead of others in their respective schedules, we’ve seen enough to pick out 10 of the best players from Europe’s Big Five leagues.
Two from each division have been selected and you can vote through our Instagram Stories for the player most deserving of September’s Player of the Month award.
To help with the decision process, here’s a closer look at the contenders.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) | P3 W3 L0 D0
Back in March Carlo Ancelotti confidently claimed that Calvert-Lewin could become one of Europe’s best strikers and he was met by a sea of faces raising their eyebrows. The striker struggled during ‘Project Restart’ and the furrowed brows became more intense. But at the start of this season, eyebrows have dropped and so have jaws. With a stellar midfield cast headlined by James Rodriguez, DCL has focused his efforts inside the box and it’s paid off handsomely with five goals in three games. His bullet header pierced Spurs while a first career hat-trick arrived against West Brom before he tapped home in a win over Crystal Palace.
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) | P3 W3 L0 D0
Calvert-Lewin was an obvious pick, but there were several players in consideration for the second Premier League slot. Salah just edges out the likes of Heung-min Son and Jamie Vardy who out-produced him in front of goal because quite simply, the eye exam supersedes the maths. The Egyptian has returned charged up by the slight of being left out of last season’s Premier