Is Adam Le Fondre the most efficient Player of the Month ever?

When Reading 'super-sub' Adam Le Fondre was this week named Premier League Player of the Month for January, having not even started a league match throughout the month in question, FourFourTwo pondered whether a player had ever won the award having played fewer minutes.

Here are the ten players to have endured the least match time before being named the best the Premier League had to offer that month...

10. Jose Antonio Reyes, ArsenalAugust 2004, 229 minutes

9. Paul Merson, Aston VillaFebruary 2000, 224 minutes

8. Teddy Sheringham, Manchester UnitedOctober 2000, 215 minutes

7. Steven Gerrard, LiverpoolMarch 2001, 213 minutes

6. Thierry Henry, ArsenalApril 2000, 188 minutes

5. Danny Murphy, LiverpoolNovember 2001, 186 minutes

4. Alan Smith, Leeds UnitedAugust 2000, 180 minutes

3. Fernando Torres, Liverpool February 2008, 179 minutes

2. Robin van Persie, ArsenalNovember 2005, 154 minutes

1. Adam Le Fondre, ReadingJanuary 2013, 85 minutes

Research: David Turner