Leicester trio nominated for monthly Premier League awards

Leicester City pair, Wes Morgan and Riyad Mahrez, have both been nominated for the monthly Premier League Player of the Month award for March as Claudio Ranieri also vies for the managerial gong.

Leicester trio nominated for monthly Premier League awards
Ranieri and Morgan have both been nominated for awards alongside Riyad Mahrez (Photo: Getty)

As a result of Leicester City's outstanding form in March, Wes Morgan, Riyad Mahrez and Claudio Ranieri have all been nominated for monthly awards from the Premier League.

Throughout the month, the Foxes took 10 points from a possible 12, seeing them take a vice-like grip on top-spot ahead of Tottenham Hotspur in second. So, it is no surprise to see a healthy contingent from the East Midlands competing for the sought-after awards. However, the trio will have to face off tough competition if they are to take the respected titles home.

1-0 to the champions?

Throughout March, Claudio Ranieri was able to continue his team's astounding season as he took  his table-toppers onto 66 points. Beginning the month with a 2-2 draw against Tony Pulis' West Bromwich Albion at home, the Foxes then went on to rack up three consecutive 1-0 wins (over WatfordNewcastle United and Crystal Palace respectively).

As a result, the Foxes managed to go an outstanding five points clear at the top of the Premier League and now look a fairly decent bet to take the trophy back to the King Power Stadium. It's down to this outstanding form that Ranieri has been nominated for the Barclays Manager of the Month award. As a matter of fact, the enigmatic Italian will hope to add to the award picked up in November 2015 and his Italian Manager of the Year title also received recently.

Nonetheless, the former Chelsea boss faces tough competition in the form of Swansea City's Francesco Guidolin, Bournemouth's Eddie Howe and Slaven Bilic of West Ham United.

Claudio Ranieri will hope to add to his award already picked up in November | Photo: Getty
Claudio Ranieri will hope to add to his award already picked up in November | Photo: Getty

Captain's performances

Elsewhere, out-field duo, Wes Morgan and Riyad Mahrez, are both going head-to-head by competing for the Player of the Month award.

After starting his Premier League career in a somewhat shaky fashion in the 2014/15 campaign, skipper Morgan has undoubtedly improved this season. Thanks to some dominant performances at the back, the former Nottingham Forest defender helped his team to three consecutive clean sheets, improving even further on one of the best defensive records in the top-flight.

Nonetheless, stiff opposition is coming from the 32-year-old's mercurial team-mate, Riyad Mahrez. Before the start of the month, the Algerian was sitting at 15 goals for the season but after game-winning strikes at Vicarage Road and Selhurst Park, his impressive count continues to increase. Not only that however, the former Le Havre winger also notched an impressive back-heel assist at home to West Brom in the 2-2 draw.

Also nominated for the award are Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur, Swansea City's Ashley Williams and the talismanic Dimitri Payet of West Ham United.

Stay tuned on Friday morning to see if the Leicester City trio can claim their respective awards.