Jean Michael Seri, the Ivorian midfielder for Nice, has been designated as the winner of the Marc Vivien Foe Award on the basis of his six goals and nine assists. The Marc Vivien Foe Award is presented to the best African player in Ligue 1’s season. Past winners of the award include Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew and Sofiane Boufal. Seri is the second Ivorian to win the award; the first was Gervinho, who racked up back to back wins in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. The runners up to the award this year were Algerian Ryad Boudebouz of Montpellier and Cameroonian Benjamin Moukandjo of Lorient. The award is named after the Cameroonian player who, playing for Lyon at the time, died after collapsing during a FIFA Confederations Cup match for the Cameroon national team.
Seri joined Nice in 2015 after playing in Portugal for FC Porto and Pacos de Ferreira. This year, Seri’s performance helped Nice to finish in third place in the division, and garnered him looks from clubs in England. According to The Guardian, Arsenal and Tottenham are considering paying the 20 million pound transfer fee necessary to wrest him away from Ligue 1. International football fans are impressed by Seri’s numbers, which earned him the Marc Vivian Foe this season. For example, Seri completed 2403 passes in Ligue 1 this season, second only to Thiago Motta of Paris Saint-Germain. Seri also finished in second place among the league leaders in assists, with nine, only trailing Morgan Sanson. Seri did lead the league in chances created, with 71 this season. Indeed, Arsenal and Tottenham are targeting Seri for his passing abilities paired with decent goal scoring.