A Premier League panel has crowned Raheem Sterling Player of the Month for August…despite Eden Hazard topping the league’s own official Twitter poll.
The Prem invited supporters to choose the best player of the first few weeks of the season and Chelsea midfielder Hazard received 41 per cent of the vote.
Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia was second with 34 per cent and Manchester City winger Sterling third with 17 per cent.
But a panel still decided to give the award to Sterling, who has turned his form upside down since the arrival of new manager Pep Guardiola at City.
Hazard, like Sterling, struggled for consistency last season but is back at the top of his game. The Belgian matched Sterling’s two top flight goals, but created more chances (six) and had a superior average pass accuracy of 83 per cent.