UNFP Awards: Younès Belhanda, Best Young Player
Belhanda scored twelve goals for the current leader in the French championship, which makes this his most successful season with the Herault team to date.
Montpellier’s coach showed his confidence in the young player-maker affording him 28 appearances this season and 2’238 minutes of game time, and he was not disappointed with the contribution Belhanda made to Louis Nicollin’s team’s campaign.
With four assists and the status of second best goalscorer at the club behind the inevitable Olivier Giroud (21 goals), this Avignon native is a well-rounded player who has reaped the benefits of his attention-grabbing performances throughout the 2011-2012 season.
Last Friday, Belhanda was already elected Best African Player of the Ligue 1 for the 2011-2012 season by a panel of journalists - an award which bears the name of Marc-Vivien Foé in honour of the Cameroonian player who died tragically during a Confederations Cup match at Lyon’s Gerland Stadium on 26 June 2003 - thereby succeeding the Ivoirian, Gervinho, who was awarded last season.
The Moroccan international (12 caps, 1 goal) is linked to the Herault club until 2014, but could be tempted to seek greener pastures. PSG and their Qatari funds have made Belhanda their priority for next season and plan to offer between 15 and 20 million Euros to attract his services.