The Premier League introduced public voting into the Player of the Month selection process this season, but if the first month's results are an indication, this is largely a token move. After finishing just third in the public polling, and by a fair distance, Manchester City's Raheem Sterling was named the league's Player of the Month on Friday.
Congratulations, @sterling7!@EASPORTS @premierleague Player of the Month for August! #mcfc pic.twitter.com/Bib22dF8xU— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 9, 2016
Earlier in the week, Sterling gathered just 17% of votes in the official Twitter poll, putting him well behind Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Manchester United's Antonio Valencia.
Who gets your vote in the @EASPORTSFIFA August Player of the Month award?— Premier League (@premierleague) September 2, 2016
But the public vote comprised just a part of the selection process, and the "experts" involved (plus the captains of all the Premier League clubs) made Sterling the award-winner.
(Meanwhile, Conte lost the public vote to Mourinho, 40-33, in the Manager of the Month polling, but the "experts" made the correct choice in this case, and gave the award to Hull City's Mike Phelan.)