Okazaki labels Leicester team-mate and France international MVP

Leicester City

Thee Leicester City players have been shortlisted for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award.

Leicester City forward Shinji Okazaki believes the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award should go to one of his team-mates, as reported by Sky Sports.

That in itself is not a shock, but his choice of player is a little surprising.

The Japan international feels that N'Golo Kanté deserves to win the award, ahead of colleagues Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.

The Foxes have been on an incredible run in the Premier league, keeping five consecutive clean-sheets that have led to five wins in a row, and Okazaki spoke to Sky Sports about how important Kanté has been to their season:

"He deserves to be called, the most important player for Leicester City. He is a role model who shows character and strength fully every game and gets a good evaluation every time."

The Foxes striker went on to say how Kanté's form in the league should help him succeed with France at the Euros:

"If Kante plays for France same as for Leicester, I'm sure he can help France a lot. Kante is in the MVP class of the Premier League this season. No doubt, if he continues to do so, he can succeed for France, it is without question."

Okazaki has played 31 Premier league games for the Foxes this term, and although his return of five goals doesn't seem too impressive, his ability to link up play and free up space for others has been pivotal in his team's astonishing rise up the table.

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