VICTOR Boniface has won the Bundesliga Player of the Month award for August after a blistering start to his Bayer Leverkusen career.
The Super Eagles striker, who made his Nigeria debut on Sunday in the 6-0 victory over Sao Tome and Principe, beat the likes of Harry Kane and Kevin Behrens to the prize.
The award is decided through a two-stage selection process that considers both the players’ individual performance data and a vote by fans and experts.
The August award is based on performances from matchdays 1 and 2 of the season.
Boniface, 22, had a fantastic start to his Bundesliga career, registering four goals and two assists in his first three appearances in the German top flight.
He assisted Jeremie Frimpong’s opener against Leipzig as Leverkusen secured a 3-2 victory before netting twice himself in the 3-0 thrashing of Borussia Monchengladbach.
The Nigeria international registered more shots than any other Bundesliga player in August with 14. On only the second matchday alone, against Gladbach, he fired off 11 attempts on Jonas Omlin’s goal, as many as Harry Kane managed across matchdays 1 and 2.
“Boniface’s sheer hard work has left a great impression too: his 54 challenges contested are the highest in the Bundesliga, while his fierce pressing has helped him win 43 percent of them,” the Bundesliga’s official website wrote.
“The striker’s performances also won him the Rookie of the Month award, meaning he is the first player since Erling Haaland in 2020 to be named Player and Rookie of the same month.”
Apart from Kane and Union Berlin’s Behrens, Bayern Munich defender Alphonsus Davies, RB Leipzig’s Benjamin Heinrich and Wolfburg’s Jonas Wind were also nominated for the Bundesliga Player of the Month award.