Mesut Özil was named Germany’s Player of the Year ahead of their surprising 3-2 loss against England on Saturday night, clinching nearly half of the total votes, as reported by German outlet DFB.
The playmaker has been phenomenal this season and is more than deserving of the award. He has unquestionably been our best player throughout the campaign, and has been excellent for Germany as well.
Özil was an assist machine during the first half of the season, and looked well on his way to absolutely smashing Thierry Henry’s Premier League assist record. He’s slowed down a little during the tail end of the campaign, but is still potentially on track to break the record.
He actually won the award last month – dominating the voting with over 45% of the vote – but was only allowed to officially accept it ahead of the game against England. This is the fourth time he’s won it in the last five years, which shows not only how much quality he possesses, but also the respect he has garnered from the players and fans.
The World Cup winner was carrying an injury ahead of the game (via the Metro), a blow to the ankle he suffered during our win over Everton last week. He overcame it ahead of the game though, returning to training and player the full 90 minutes.
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It’s certainly possible that he’ll play some part in Germany’s game with Italy too, but hopefully he gets a bit of a rest before our clash with Watford next weekend.