Delort, Crédit Agricole Aiglon of the Derby
With the majority of the votes (34%), Andy Delort is your Crédit Agricole PCA Aiglon of the Derby between Nice – Monaco (2-2). The forward pipped Amine Gouiri (19%) and Mario Lemina (10%) to the title.
After getting an assist at Nantes last weekend, Andy Delort made the difference once again, this time finding the back of the net in his first Côte d’Azur Derby. Coming on off the bench after 15 minutes to replace the injured Kasper Dolberg, the Algerian international took half an hour to find his rhythm. During that time, Le Gym fell behind, were shaken and headed into the dressing room at the break needing to return reinvigorated. Like the rest of his teammates, Andy Delort stepped it up a notch in the second half, with the style that we have grown accustomed to seeing in the top-flight over the last decade. A style that combines power, mobility, desire and a gift for scoring a goal. A scrapper, snappy, generous, the n°7 got things back on track on the hour mark with a majestic header into the back of the net (1-1, 51'). His first goal for Le Gym and his 64th in L1. In the minutes that followed, the former MHSC captain beautifully provided for Hicham Boudaoui (2-1, 73'). His second assist in Red and Black. Finally, it was also the Algerian that with an instinctive half-volley, that was blocked by Badiashile's arm, won the penalty that was unfortunately missed by Amine Gouiri.
Amine Gouiri still takes second position in your vote. Extremely mobile up-front, Le Gym's top scorer this season (4 goals) couldn't manage to find the back of the net but still got himself an assist for the first Nice goal, with a marvellous cross into the box for Delort. He was also at the heart of the the move that lead to the second. The France U21s captain has been directly involved in 25 goals since arriving in Nice in Ligue 1 in August 2020 (16 goals, 9 assists in the league). Only Erling Haaland (41) and Dusan Vlahovic (27) boast a better record in the top five European leagues among players to have been born after 1 January 2000.
Finally Mario Lemina concludes your podium. A true barometer of the Nice midfield, the defensive midfielder started alongside Pablo Rosario, and struggled with the impact brought by Les Monégasques in the first half. He then dominated the midfield in the second and dragged everyone else up alongside him. A constant performer since the start of the season.