Look away Pogba, as fans vote on PL’s best French player

Date published: Sunday 12th February 2017 12:19

Fans have voted on who is the best French player currently playing in the Premier League.

French players have always proved popular and successful for Premier League clubs.

Eric Cantona lined up on opening weekend in August 1992 for Leeds and later inspired Manchester United’s early dominance, while David Ginola, Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, Patrice Evra and others have been among the best players the division has ever seen.

With close to half (49%) of the overall vote in a 90min poll, it was Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante who came out on top, prevailing over five of his Euro 2016 team-mates from the national side.

If there was a hint of a suggestion the diminutive dynamo would be a one-season wonder after his heroics for title winning Leicester, it was quickly blown out of the water after he established himself as an equally crucial cog in Chelsea’s charge back to the top of the table.

A fee of £32m somehow still seems cheap when one considers his immense impact. For a player that was a complete unknown outside France just 18 months, it’s absolutely stunning how good he has become from humble beginnings at Boulogne and Caen.

A distant second in the standings was Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, the most expensive player in the world following his £89m summer return to Old Trafford after four years at Juventus.

Pogba has enjoyed mixed form on his second coming, occasionally outstanding, but also sometimes anonymous as he battles with the pressure of living up to his vast reputation.

National team captain Hugo Lloris took 13% of the vote from 90min readers. Barring a catastrophic performance against Manchester City last month in which his errors resulted in two goals, the Tottenham skipper is widely recognised as one of the top few goalkeepers in the Premier League.

Arsenal centre back Laurent Koscielny, a player thought of as ‘world class’ by many Arsenal fans, less so by everyone else, was backed as the Premier League’s best Bleu by 8% of those who voted.

Anthony Martial has been hit by a serious case of ‘second season syndrome’ at Manchester United, taking just 6% of the vote, with Arsenal’s often underappreciated Olivier Giroud the least favoured Frenchman of the options available at 4%.

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