The New Year had no effect on the performance of Wissam Ben Yedder! On fire in 2022 with 29 goals scored in all competitions, the Monegasque captain has not let up in 2023 — he has already scored five in January. He started off in the Round of 64 of the Coupe de France against Rodez at the Stade Louis-II perfectly clipping home a cross from Ismail Jakobs at the far post.
Wissam plays the saviour in Lorient
Only four days later in Lorient,he did the same. On a delivery by the German defender, the Rouge et Blanc number 10 headed home from six meters to beat the former Monegasque Vito Mannone to equalize in added time (2-2).
And then what to say about his play against Ajaccio (7-1) ! It was a massive performance with three goals scored in 35 minutes, the earliest hat trick for a Ligue 1 player since Cheick Diabaté for Bordeaux against Guingamp in April 2014, notes Opta.
A record hat trick
He first beat Benjamin Leroy to make it 3-1 for his team, before winning his duel with a shot across goal seven minutes later. Wissam Ben Yedder finally finished his festival with a very well-taken penalty to give himself a sixth hat-trick in the league (three with Toulouse, and as many with AS Monaco). Only Kylian Mbappé and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have had more in the 21st century.
— AS Monaco 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) January 16, 2023
Third all-time top scorer
But more than this hat-trick, what should be remembered is the fact that he scored his 87, 88 and 89th goals in the colors of AS Monaco, thus becoming the third-top scorer in the history of the Club, level with Christian Dalger. He would then move ahead against Auxerre (3-2) at the beginning of February.
It is therefore logical that Wissam Ben Yedder was elected MVP of the month for January by the fans on the AS Monaco App, his second trophy after doing the same in October, before of course receiving the title of best Ligue 1 player for the past month. Bravo Capi!
𝑶𝒖𝒓 𝑪𝒂𝒑𝒕𝒂𝒊𝒏 🤩🔝
Merci à tous les votants ❤️🤍 https://t.co/r5CSGQkBW3
— AS Monaco 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) February 14, 2023
The 2022-2023 Players of the Month
*(In parentheses, the number of awards each player has won in the season)