Emmanuel Latte Lath's red-hot Middlesbrough form rewarded with EFL nomination

Emmanuel Latte Lath of Middlesbrough celebrates scoring the opening goal
Emmanuel Latte Lath of Middlesbrough celebrates scoring the opening goal against Ipswich -Credit:Getty Images

Middlesbrough striker Emmanuel Latte Lath's impressive form last month has seen him nominated for the EFL Championship player of the month award for April.

The Ivory Coast striker bagged seven goals for Michael Carrick's side last month - half of their overall total for April - as he again showed why Boro brought him to Teesside last summer. He scored in five of Boro's six games in the month, starting with a brace against Swansea City.

He also notched against Hull City, Ipswich Town and Cardiff City, with another Riverside double in the 4-3 defeat to Leeds United. That run has taken the 25-year-old to 17 in his debut Championship season and he will be looking to sign things off in style against Watford this weekend.

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Latte Lath is up against Southampton striker Che Adams, Fabio Carvalho, on loan at Hull City from Liverpool and Bristol City defender Haydon Roberts. The winners will be picked by the judging panel of Sky Sports’ EFL expert Don Goodman; EFL EFL chief executive Trevor Birch and Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies, and will be announced on Friday, May 3.

Latte Lath's form has won him plenty of plaudits, not least from his Middlesbrough team-mates, with Leeds United loanee Luke Ayling impressed.

“For the first few games I was here he was out injured," he said of the Boro No 9. "Once he came back, I noticed immediately what a good player he is. He’s a dream to play with.

"He runs his socks off up there, he’s so strong for such a little man, and he leaps so well too. I’ve got a few assists from him where I know that if I put it into an area, he will probably be there. He’s made me look a bit better with my crossing! I’ve really enjoyed playing with him. He’s a great lad off the pitch as well - loud, funny, just a great guy to have around the place."