Vote for your Aiglon of the 2022/2023 season!
As the 2022/2023 season comes to a close, the time has come to elect your Aiglon of the season and to designate Andy Delort's successor, who was voted for last year. It's up to you to vote!
Twenty-three players have been nominated to be voted for by the fans to choose the Aiglon of the 2022/2023 season. As last season, all the players in the current squad who have played more than 5 games are part of the panel proposed to the voters. A large group from which certain favourites have emerged, who have left their mark on Nice's season.
TODIBO, THE GYM'S ROCK
Named Aiglon of the month three times, in August, September and January, Jean-Clair Todibo was Nice's most decorated player this season. A logical reward for a player who has shown impressive consistency throughout a year marked by a very busy schedule. The centre-back has only missed four games this season (three through suspension and one through injury) and has been a key figure in the Nice defence's good season, which is currently second in the Ligue 1 defensive rankings.
He was called up to the French national team for the first time as a Red and Black, and also wore the armband for the club on two occasions, against Sheriff Tiraspol in the Conference League (second leg, 3-1) and at Brest, at the end of the game (MD31, 1-0). After extending his contract at OGC Nice until 2027 in January, Todibo has now reached the 100-match mark for the club he joined in the winter of 2021 and is among the favourites to be named Aiglon of the season.
SCHMEICHEL AND LABORDE GUNNING FOR THE AWARD
Kasper Schmeichel and Gaëtan Laborde, both of whom arrived in the summer of 2022, are also candidates for the title. The Danish goalkeeper, voted Aiglon of the Month in November and February, has played 42 games as a starter and managed 12 clean sheets in all competitions. He has also made a number of key saves, such as in Cologne (3 November, 2-2), when he kept ailing Gym alive, and against Lille (20 November, 1-0), when he made seven saves, his highest total of the season. Schmeichel has completed a successful first season in a Nice shirt.
His partner in attack, meanwhile, has grown in stature over the course of the season. Laborde, who arrived from Rennes in the final hours of the summer transfer window, was initially frustrated, finding the net five times between September and January. But the work of the Gym striker, always there to press the opposing defences and offer solutions to his team-mates, finally paid off. Nice's top scorer in all competitions with 13 goals, the 28-year-old attacker scored nine in 2023, and was voted Aiglon of the Month for March and April consecutively. The number 24 has scored six times in the last seven home games and has had a fantastic end to the season. Is that enough to win the trophy?
If their year was not rewarded with an Aiglon of the Month trophy, they too had an impact on Gym's season. Khephren Thuram, voted young player of the season last season, was the player most used by Lucien Favre and then Didier Digard. The Gym's top assister (8 assists) took part in all the Aiglons’ games (46) this season, starting 42 of them.
A level of consistency that only Dante can match. The captain of the Gym, who has extended his contract until 2024, has only missed two games due to suspension. The Brazilian is still performing well and is essential to the defensive balance of the Red and Blacks, thus completing a seventh season of great quality on the Côte d'Azur.
Third in January, fourth in March, second in April... Hicham Boudaoui has often been voted for but never won in the Aiglon of the Month elections this season. Already twice named young player of the season, the Algerian international is hoping to win the top award for the first time since his arrival at Gym in 2019. A Swiss Army knife in the first half of the season, the Algerian international has taken advantage of Didier Digard's appointment to stabilise himself in the number six position. The Prince of Bechar was fundamental to the development of Nice's game, and his technical quality lit up the second half of the season.
Another player who has grown in stature over the months, Jordan Lotomba, who has appeared 35 times this season, has impressed with his volume and his fighting spirit on both sides of the defence. The Swiss full-back had a great month in February, finishing third in the monthly poll.
Aaron Ramsey played one less game than the Swiss international. The new Wales captain made 23 appearances in his first season with OGC Nice, which began with a magnificent goal against Toulouse (1-1).
Finally, even though Terem Moffi only arrived in Nice in January, the Nigerian striker was quick to make his mark on the red and black season. The Super Eagle has scored eight goals in 16 games and is already OGC Nice's second-highest scorer in all competitions this season (level with Nicolas Pépé). The forward, who scored an exceptional scissor-kick in the first leg of their Conference League quarter-final against Basel (2-2), already has a special place in the hearts of Nice fans. Like Youssouf Ndayishimiye: the Bujumbura wall has appeared 14 times in a Nice shirt (1 goal).
THE FULL LIST OF NOMINEES
Goalkeepers : Schmeichel, Bulka
Defenders: Dante, Todibo, Bard, Lotomba, Atal, Ndayishimiye, Mendy, Viti, Bryan, Amraoui.
Midfielders: Thuram, Rosario, Ramsey, Boudaoui, Beka Beka, Barkley.
Attackers: Laborde, Brahimi, Pépé, Diop, Bouanani, Moffi.