8 great players we can't believe have never won Premier League Player of the Month

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4. Riyad Mahrez

The best £400,000 Leicester ever spent, you'd think. Mahrez’s scintillating performances in the Foxes' incredible 2015/16 season were a major factor behind their famed 5,000-1 title triumph.

In 37 league appearances the Algerian winger notched up 17 goals and 11 assists, and was named PFA Player of the Year ahead of team-mates N’Golo Kante (another never to win POTM) and Jamie Vardy.

Mahrez’s six goals in December 2015, including a hat-trick at Swansea and a delightful finish against Chelsea, still weren't enough to claim the gong as Watford’s Odion Ighalo nabbed it instead.

3. Alexis Sanchez

Sanchez was named PFA Fans’ Player of the Year at the end of his first Arsenal season – but apparently didn't do enough to warrant a POTM at any point.

The Chilean was also awarded the Premier League's goal-of-the-month prize in October 2015 for his superb strike in Arsenal's 3-0 win over Manchester United – probably his best performance for the north Londoners. Sanchez scored twice that day: first, that drive from outside the box followed by a neat backheel at the front post. 

His form has deteriorated since, however – although thankfully for Gooners everywhere, at Old Trafford now rather than the Emirates Stadium. 

2. Yaya Toure

Pivotal in Manchester City’s two Premier League title victories, Toure made the PFA Team of the Year in 2011/12 and 2013/14, but didn’t do enough to earn himself a POTM award.

The Ivorian netted two goals in a crucial win at Newcastle in May 2012 before that Aguero goal, and in 2013/14 scored 24 goals in all competitions. Five of those came in the month of March (including a hat-trick against Fulham), after four goals in each of September and December, but he was pipped in those months by Aaron Ramsey and Luis Suarez (twice). 

1. Didier Drogba

The four-time Premier League winner at Chelsea somehow never won a player of the month award. Drogba helped Chelsea win back-to-back league titles in Jose Mourinho’s first stint at Stamford Bridge, then enjoyed two special individual seasons after the Portuguese left.

The Ivorian won the Premier League's Golden Boot in 2006/07 with 20 goals, and was named in the PFA Team of the Year, the FIFPro World XI, UEFA Team of the Year and came fourth in the Ballon d’Or voting. In 2009/10, he was the Premier League's top scorer for a second time with 29 goals in 32 games.

Despite all of that, his remarkable record in cup finals and performance in the 2012 Champions League Final, Drogba was never received a POTM gong. Staggering.

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