Sadio Mane shortlisted for BBC African Footballer Of The Year award

Sadio Mane shortlisted for BBC African Footballer Of The Year award
Nov 13, 2016

Liverpool Southampton

Liverpool’s new Senegalese prospect, Sadio Mane, has enjoyed a superb start to his Liverpool career – picking up plaudits for his wholly impressive performances of late. And things appear to be getting better for the young winger, as he was nominated for the BBC’s African Player Of The Year Award.

Mane has settled in well on Merseyside – having being signed for a sizeable fee of £34m in the summer by Jürgen Klopp. Many had questioned Liverpool’s signature of the former-Southampton player; but he has proved them wrong already within his first 4-5 months in his career at the club. Many have recognised his pace, skill, hunger, ability effective utility as highlighting Liverpool’s impetus going forward so far this season, which has led to them topping the table going into the international break.

It’s getting better & better for him too – as earlier this morning the news was announced by BBC Africa on Twitter that Mane had been shortlised for the award.

Also featuring on the five-man shortlist were Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez, who played a marquee role in Leicester’s miraculous title success last season, West Ham’s Andre Ayew, who’s creativity was integral to Swansea last season (signed for £20m for West Ham in the summer), Bourssia Dortmund striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang (who bagged 25 goals last season) and finally, Manchester City’s Yaya Toure.

He was quick to make an impact for the Reds – on the opening day at the Emirates, he popped up with a superb thunderbolt past Petr Cech as the visitors went on to win 4-3 – since then, he has gone on to bag 6 goals in 10 appearances.

Obviously, it would be naive to forget the impact that Mane created whilst he was at Southampton from 2014-2016 – he lit up the Premier League in his first season; in fact he was on his way to breaking the league record for the fastest ever hat-trick since the inception of the Premier League in 1992 – a record previously held by Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler. Some were then quick to laud him as one of the most impressive youngsters in the league at the time the following season as his impact grew.

In fact, the African even stated last month that Klopp tried to snap him up whilst at Borussia Dortmund – and it hasn’t been that difficult to see why. He shows no signs of stalling his commendable progress – if he is able to sustain the consistency level in his performance, there is absolutely no reason for him to be one of the brightest attacking sparks that Liverpool have purchased – he’s only 24 as well; surely there can be no omens of him dropping down the pecking order soon.

South African & former Everton & current Sunderland winger Steven Pienaar told the BBC:

[Mane] helped Southampton qualify for the Europa League and moved to Liverpool. He had a great season.

The winner of the award will be announced on December 12th 2016.

 

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