AS Monaco playmaker Takumi Minamino (28) has been elected Ligue 1’s Player of the Month for his impressive start to the season, the UNFP – the French equivalent of the PFA – has announced.
The Japanese international beat competition from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain’s Uruguayan defensive midfielder Manuel Ugarte and Montpellier’s Jordanian centre-forward Musa Al-Taamari to the first monthly individual accolade of the Ligue 1 season. Minamino is the first Japanese to be elected Ligue 1’s Player of the Month since Le Mans’ Daisuke Matsui in January 2006.
Minamino has taken Ligue 1 by storm this season. Off the back of an underwhelming debut season in the French top flight, the former Liverpool man looks like a player reborn under the guidance of Monaco head coach Adi Hütter. The Austrian manager, who previously coached Minamino at Red Bull Salzburg, fields the 28-year-old next to Russian midfielder Aleksandr Golovin in a dual playmaker formation. Last month, Minamino logged four goal contributions in three Ligue 1 games. Monaco are currently top of the league. Les Monégasques will host bitter Riviera rivals OGC Nice on Friday.
GFFN | Bastien Cheval