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Eden Hazard snubbed for Premier League Player of the Month despite winning public vote

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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.

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.

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.

Hmmm.

(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.)