Nicolas Pepe has won the player of the month for the fourth time in a football calendar year
The 23-year-old is having the time of his life with the fourth player of the month award for Losc Lille this campaign, and in that time has had a hat-trick of this prestigious personal accolade.
The closest thing to Lionel Messi in the League 1 (Nicolas Pepe) has been linked to bigger club’s and it seems only a matter of time before he takes up a new challenge.
The Ivorian has been the difference between the rejuvenated Lille side now challenging for a Champions League spot, and the flat Lille side that managed to escape relegation in the 2018 campaign.
As an attacking mid-fielder, the former Angers man has had a hand in 60 percent of goals scored by his teammates, and has started all games for his side when available for selection
There is still a lot to play for at this business end of the campaign, and the youngster’s stellar season with 18 goals already has him in the mix for the Marc Vivien Foe awards and also player of the League 1 season awards, with just Kylian Mbappe slightly taken the edge over him with a whopping 27 goals and counting.
Since making his debut with the Ivory Coast national selection in 2016_the ‘brains’ has 4 goals in 11 caps with the national team. The large house of talents upfront : Max A. Gradel, Jonathan Kodjia, Maxwel Cornet, it is fair to say a combo with all these players and a fully fit Nicolas Pepe might get the Ivory coast their third AFCON trophy.