5 active Premier League stars to have never won the Player of the Month award
The Premier League Player of the Month is the award provided by the Football Association (FA) to appreciate the best Premier League player for each month of the season. The candidate to receive the award is judged by a panel convened by the Premier League's sponsor and announced on the first Friday of the subsequent month. The Panel has former Premier League managers, former players along with few representatives from the sponsors.
Premier League legends like Didier Drogba, Patrick Vieira, Peter Schmeichel never got a chance to win this award throughout their Premier League career. This slide-show talks about the five active Premier League stars who surprisingly haven't won the award yet.
To provide justice to the article, we have only considered players who have completed a minimum of two years in the Premier League.
#5 Mesut Ozil
This is just the beginning of the incredible list of Premier League stars who have never won the 'Player of the Month' award. Ozil, the pass-master of Arsenal, joined the North London side in a club-record contract worth £42.5 million during the 2013-14 season.
Ozil was an instant success in Arsenal. His vision and sublime passing helped Arsenal to dominate the attacking third. In the 2013-14 season, Ozil was nominated for Fifa Ballon d'Or award. He was also featured on UEFA team of the year and was named in Premier League teams of the season multiple times.
The former Real Madrid playmaker had ended the 2014-15 season with 19 assists, six more than the 2nd placed Tottenham's Eriksen. Ending as the lead assist provider meant Ozil created an unprecedented hat-trick which was never achieved in the football history. He is the only footballer to have recorded the most assists for a season in the German League, Spanish League and the Premier League.
Ozil has an impressive Premier League record. He has played 101 games in PL scoring 21 goals and providing 38 assists. Despite these conspicuous records from his 34-month tenure in PL so far, he couldn't win even one Player of the Month award.