Ibrahim Sangaré named as Eredivisie Player of the Month. The 24-year-old PSV midfielder was the best-performing player in November according to statistics and football fans’ votes.
First Eredivisie Player of the Month award
Ibrahim Sangaré received his first Eredivisie Player of the Month award on his 24th birthday on Thursday. The Ivory Coast international swapped Toulouse for PSV in the summer of 2020 and in one and a half seasons has become one of Eindhoven's star players.
Despite last weekend's draw against sc Heerenveen (1-1), Sangaré won with PSV over Fortuna Sittard (1-4) and Vitesse (2-0). After the win over Vitesse, coach Roger Schmidt praised the Ivorian at the press conference: ,,Ibrahim is a top midfielder, because he is good without the ball and on the ball. He is also reliable, strong in duels; he has everything a central midfielder needs."
This is reflected in the statistics for November. Offensively, Sangaré was the midfielder with the most shots (9), leading to two goals, and most successful passes (207). Defensively, Ibrahim was also a star player: only teammate Olivier Boscagli (35 ball recoveries) had more possession of the ball than Sangaré (32).
Sangaré stays ahead of goalkeeper and forwards
His statistically high scores and a great standard of play earned him the title of KPN Man of the Match on two occasions. With a final score of 91.46, Sangaré managed to keep goalkeeper Lars Unnerstall (91.16) and forwards Dušan Tadić (90.91) and Jørgen Strand Larsen (88.84) behind him in the Eredivisie Player of the Month rankings.
As well as a trophy, the midfielder will also receive his own upgraded player’s card in the EA Sports FIFA 22 Ultimate Team game. This Eredivisie Player of the Month card will be free to play in the game from Friday evening.
About the voting
The Eredivisie Player of the Month and Johan Cruyff Talent of the Month Awards are based on statistics (StatsPerform) and votes from football fans, cast via the KPN Man of the Match vote (ESPN). These elements also count towards the Eredivisie Player of the Year and Johan Cruijff Talent of the Year Awards, which are presented in a live broadcast on ESPN at the end of the season 2021/22.
The Eredivisie Player of the Month vote is an initiative of the Eredivisie CV in collaboration with ESPN. The Johan Cruijff Talent of the Month is an initiative of the Eredivisie CV, ESPN, Johan Cruyff Foundation and VriendenLoterij.