Manchester United defender Eric Bailly has been named Africa’s Premier League player of the month for August.
The award scheme is run by New African Soccer, who, for the past three seasons have awarded African Premier League footballers who they feel have performed the best each month.
The 22-year-old becomes the first winner of the award this campaign and was also named the Manchester United player of the month.
The Ivorian joined the Premier League giants from Villarreal back in June and has since gone on to become a first-team regular under Jose Mourinho at the Theatre of Dreams.
Bailly has started each of United’s opening three Premier League games thus far and has formed an excellent partnership at the back with Daley Blind. Whilst it still may be early days for Bailly at Old Trafford there are few doubts if any that the centre-back can go on and become a real star at Manchester United.
For years now, since the days of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, United have been looking to find a true top notch world class centre-half to fill the gap left by the duo. Many have come and tried but none have had what it takes to succeed, however in Eric Bailly, he could be the answer.
His brilliant reading of the game, combined with his outstanding tackling ability makes him a real key asset for Mourinho and one which could solve United’s defensive woes.
There is just something about Bailly which makes you believe that he is destined for greatness. Few players, when arriving to Manchester United, have shown the calmness and composure in which Bailly has shown so far. It’s as though he has been playing here all of his life, not just over a month. You get the feeling with Baily that should he continue to impress he may become United’s first choice centre-half for years, if not the next decade to come.
Bailly may have been the least known out of the four signings that came in through the Old Trafford entrance door over the summer but he may turn out to be the most important. At just 22 years of age Bailly undoubtedly has his best footballing days ahead of him. Mourinho has a habit of getting the best out of players and under the guidance of the Portuguese coach he will no doubt improve as a player as the seasons go by.