Stoke City: Steven Nzonzi fifth best signing of the year, say Premier League bosses
Steven Nzonzi has been voted by Premier League managers as the fifth best signing of the season and the fifth best young player of the season.
The 24 year-old midfielder, a £3m capture from Blackburn last August, figured prominently in a widespread poll carried out by the League Managers' Association.
Nzonzi trailed behind winner Michu and second place Robin van Persie in the poll of the best signing.
And he also came fifth in a poll that declared Liverpool's Raheem Sterling as the best young player of the season.
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City boss Tony Pulis, who said earlier this season that Nzonzi is good enough to play in the Champions' League one day, has played the Frenchman in every league and cup game since his debut against Man City on September 15.
His ever-present record was threatened by a red card against Southampton in late December, but that was subsequently rescinded.
And Nzonzi has played Stoke's last two fixtures with a specially-designed nose protector after suffering a broken beak at Fulham on February 23.
The LMA's poll also saw Swansea's Michael Laudrup declared as the best manager so far this season by his Premier League colleagues.