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#5 Too Good: Tammy Abraham
The towering forward continued his prolific campaign by scoring his 14th league goal in 19 appearances in Aston Villa’s 1-1 draw against Preston North End. A third stalemate in five games may have seen Dean Smith’s side fall five points behind in the race to make the Championship play-offs, but the streaky Abraham’s run of 10 goals in nine appearances is definitely a positive for the Villains heading into the new year.
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#4 Too Bad: Efe Ambrose
The expectation before Hibernian played host to a somewhat inconsistent Hearts side was the home side will, at the very least, get a point, owing to their run of seven games without a defeat. However, the visitors, who had won just one of three games before the encounter, secured a 1-0 win. The defeat saw Ambrose and his teammates fall five points adrift of play-off spots, and the defender didn't cover himself in glory.
#3 Too Good: William Troost-Ekong
The centre-back starred for Udinese as they ended 2018 on a high with a 2-0 win over 13th-placed Cagliari. While the Little Zebras may have utterly dominated their out-of-sorts opponents, Troost-Ekong’s solid defensive display helped the home side to a successive clean sheet, and four in their last seven. He was well positioned to clear the ball away from harm’s way on several occasions, while making a number of interceptions to show his top-notch reading of the game. Udinese moved five points clear of the dropzone following the win.
#2 Too Bad: Kelechi Iheanacho
Leicester City were stunned by Cardiff City at the King Power in what was an unexpected loss following successive victories over Chelsea (1-0) and Manchester City (2-1). Iheanacho was introduced as a second-half substitute for Jamie Vardy in Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat, but the out-of-sorts forward couldn’t make any sort of impact. Admittedly, he only had 22 minutes on the pitch, however, it wouldn’t have been out of place to expect a little bit more than what he offered – he only completed four passes and lost all his duels in that period. The unforeseen loss prevented the Foxes from winning their third game on the spin, and they consequently dropped to eighth place in the table.
#1 Too Good: Fikayo Tomori
A dramatic, rip-roaring seven-goal thriller saw Derby County show their mettle by twice coming from behind to win 4-3. With the visitors 2-0 down, it was Tomori who halved the deficit after the half-hour mark before Mason Mount levelled before the break. The Rams fell behind in the final eight minutes, but showed their fortitude to turn the game on its head in the closing stages. The on-loan Tomori made a tonne of blocks, clearances and a few interceptions over the course of the encounter at Carrow Road to seal a magnificent individual performance. Furthermore, the Chelsea loanee rarely lost his individual battles and was proficient in the tackle for the entirety of the game that saw Frank Lampard’s side remain in the top six.