AIGLON OF THE MONTH
Todibo named as October’s Aiglon of the Month
With 59% of the votes, Jean-Clair Todibo is your Aiglon of the Month for October.
Following on from Marcin Bułka, who took home the award in August and September, ‘JC’ has been named as your Aiglon of the Month for October, an individual honour that rightfully rewards the Nice vice-captain for his role in the side. As a beacon at the heart of the tightest defence in Ligue 1, with just four goals conceded in ten games, the France international has been putting in a series of disciplined but aggressive performances and, alongside Dante, has been taking everyone else along with him for the ride.
It's an even more just reward when confronted with the following statistic: Le Gym didn’t concede a single goal in October, a month in which they shared the spoils with Brest in a 0-0 draw before earning three straight 1-0 wins against Metz, Marseille and Clermont.
Bonus stat: Nice are just the sixth team in the 21st century to have conceded four goals or fewer in their first ten Ligue 1 games, following in the footsteps of Bordeaux (four goals conceded after ten games in 2001/02), Brest (four goals conceded after ten games in 2010/11), Lille (four goals conceded after ten games in 2013/14), Reims (four goals conceded after ten games in 2019/20) and Paris Saint-Germain (three goals conceded after ten games in 2020/21). Les Aiglons have also racked up seven clean sheets in their opening ten games of the 2023/24 campaign – the highest such total of any team in Europe’s top five leagues.
Melvin Bard, meanwhile, finishes second in the voting with 14%. In keeping with his start to the season, the left-back has been in excellent form of late, proving to be both committed in defence and inspired in attack, as demonstrated by his magnificent assist away to Metz.
That assist was duly tucked away by a certain Hicham Boudaoui, who brings up the rear of October’s top three with 13% of the votes. The ‘Prince of Béchar’ has been as invaluable as ever, scoring the winning goal in each of Le Gym’s last two games on the road (away to Metz and away to Clermont).
Bonus stat: Boudaoui’s three Ligue 1 goals in 2023 so far have all been the only one scored in a game that Nice have won on their travels (1-0 away to Troyes on 30th April, 1-0 away to Metz on 7th October and 1-0 away to Clermont last Friday).
NEXT UP: RENNES!
The players will be looking to earn your votes again this month, starting with the visit of Stade Rennais to the Allianz Riviera this Sunday at 20:45 CET. Currently on 22 points going into Matchday 11 of the Ligue 1 season, Les Niçois will need your support as they look to continue moving onwards and upwards against a formidable side. There are now very few tickets left in the Tribune Ray and in the Tribune Populaire Sud, so hurry up and get your ticket for the game now!