It feels almost surreal.
But when you check that sliding green link you see at the foot of each page of Salut! Sunderland, the PFA player-of-the-month awards really do have a Sunderland player among the nominees.

Maybe it is a step too far to contemplate an award for someone playing for a crisis club rooted at the foot of the Championship table.

But if we leave aside the unfortunate miss, from a golden opportunity, before Boro scored the only goal on Sunday, Lewis Grabban’s tally speaks for itself. That is why he is a nominee for the Bristol Street Motors PFA Championship player-of-the-month award for October.

Match after match Pete Sixsmith and others bemoan the crass failure of Grabban’s team mates to play to his strengths, not his weaknesses. He cannot or will not go for too many high balls and the Lads will one day come to terms with that and stop hoofing it long and high to him.

Yet he scores goals all the same. You cannot argue with eight from 11 appearances for a side so bereft of pace and creativity.

So let Salut! Sunderland readers do their bit, click the green link and cast votes for our on-loan striker, a solitary bright exception to a dull and gloomy start to the season.

This is how the awards organisers put it:

Sunderland might be struggling at the moment but striker Lewis Grabban should be a source of hope as he hit five goals last month for the Black Cats.

Those goals meant he finished alongside Leo Bonatini as top scorer in October and, with that in mind, Sunderland fans should feel as though they can get out of the scrap they are currently in.

What’s more impressive, is that these goals came from just nine shots and so if the Black Cats can set up a few more chances for Grabban, he should be able to fire them up the table.

Monsieur Salut is casting his vote now at

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