Manchester United youngster, Anthony Martial, has been voted the Premier League Player of the Month award winner for September ahead of Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo.
Ighalo was hoping to follow the footsteps of other Nigerian players like Austin Okocha and Osaze Odemwingie who before now were voted the best in England on the strength of their sterling performances for their teams back in the years.
However, Manchester United teenager, Martial, emerged tops when the result was announced Friday morning.
Martial made an immediate impact at Old Trafford after his £36 million arrival from AS Monaco in the summer and become the first Red Devils player to earned the accolade since Robin van Persie back in April 2013.
Aside Ighalo, Martial beat off competition from his United teammate Daley Blind, Tottenham Hotspur keeper, Hugo Lloris, West Ham United schemer Dimitri Payet and Leicester City attacker Jamie Vardy.
Surprisingly, Martial was edged out for the club’s own monthly award in one of the closest-ever fan polls on ManUtd.com as Spanish midfielder Juan Mata piped him by a mere two per cent to win the award.
With the award off his shelves, Ighalo and his Watford teammates welcome Arsenal to Vicarage Road in the Premier League on Saturday.