Anton Ferdinand has won the Barclays Premiership Player of the Month Award for January.

Anton, who celebrates his 21st birthday next Saturday, won the award following a string of fine performances in the centre of defence. He played a major role in our away win at Aston Villa on January 14 and the home victory against Fulham a week later, when he grabbed the headlines with a goal of the season contender in our 2-1 triumph.

The Hammers defender was given the January Barclays Player of the Month by the Barclays Awards Panel, which includes representatives from football's governing bodies, the media and fans.

Nic Gault, from the Barclays Awards panel, said: "The Ferdinand family will be proud today as Anton and Rio have become the first brothers to win Barclays Player of the Month awards. Anton is a top class defender and looks set to be a star for many years to come."

Anton has been an ever-present in our first season back in the Barclays Premiership, and played a key role in the impressive run of form which has seen the Club climb to eighth in the table. He is the first West Ham player to win the award since Stuart Pearce in February 2001.

A full and exclusive interview with Anton will appear on whufc.com soon…