West Ham United striker Ricardo Vaz Te has been named npower Championship Player of the Month for April.

Vaz Te scored six goals in as many games, including a hat-trick in his side's 6-0 home win against Brighton & Hove Albion.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce said: "I'm delighted for Ricardo. He's had a massive impact since he arrived at the club and the goals he scored throughout the month of April were key to us remaining unbeaten.

"It is a very well deserved award and we hope that he can now continue his run of form into the Play-Offs."

Sky Sports' Football League expert Peter Beagrie sits on the npower Player of the Month judging panel.

He said: "Ricardo has been an outstanding success since his transfer from Barnsley in January.

"He's adjusted to his new club brilliantly and has proved to be a real threat in the air and on the ground. He could have a massive impact on The Hammers' promotion pursuit."

npower Head of Sponsorship Emma Collins said: "Ricardo was in top form during April, contributing six goals and providing a constant attacking threat for his team.

"I'm sure his spectacular bicycle kick at home to Brighton will live long in the memory of West Ham fans.

"On behalf of npower, I'd like to congratulate Ricardo, and wish him the best of luck for next season."

The judging panel comprises Sky Sports Football League expert Peter Beagrie, Football League Head of Communications John Nagle, BBC Sport's Mark Clemmit and npower Head of Sponsorship Emma Collins.

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