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Goal nominates the top three stand-out performers for the Ligue 1 giants in 2013-14. Vote for your winner in our poll.

Monaco stormed back to the big time over the course of the last season by making a host of big-money signings that lead to them finishing second in Ligue 1 and booking a place in the Champions League.

Although there were some setbacks for Claudio Ranieri’s side, whose quest to win the Coupe de France was unexpectedly ended by Guingamp at the semi-final stage, the season could broadly be considered a success, although that was not be enough to keep the Italian coach in a job.

Nevertheless, Ranieri constructed the foundations of a solid outfit and leaves the Stade Louis II side in an encouraging state, with a mixture of youth and experience to carry the team forward.

Below, in alphabetical order, are Goal's three nominees for Monaco's player of the season, based on their club performances in all competitions. Cast your vote in the poll at the bottom of the article.

LAYVIN KURZAWA


The left-back was undoubtedly the revelation of Ligue 1 this season, stepping into an area that was perceived to be a weakness in the Monaco side by many and playing to such a high standard that he was even in the reckoning to go to the World Cup with the France national team.

At only 21, Kurzawa established himself as a starter in the principality and was one of the league’s outstanding players in his role over the course of the campaign.


Like many modern day full-backs, the player born just along the coast in Frejus is particularly capable in an offensive setting and gave his side valuable extra thrust down the left channel this term, impressively scoring five goals and creating three more in only 28 appearances.

Kurzawa has set a very high standard for himself over the course of the last year but has given Monaco academy graduates hope that making it in such a star-studded side is indeed possible.

JAMES RODRIGUEZ


Signed from Porto for €45 million last summer, there were many eyebrows raised about the addition of the young Colombia star, yet over the course of the last 10 months he has set about justifying his transfer fee in an impressive manner.

Initially, James found life difficult with Monaco, hampered by a slight injury, but ultimately he became the vital cog in their offensive wheel, whether used as a No.10 or in a wider role.

No player in the whole of the French top flight managed to garner more assists than the cultured 22-year-old, who mustered 12 decisive passes in all and secured a further nine goals for himself.

Joao Moutinho, who made the move from Portugal with him last summer, has been pushed comprehensively into the shade by the attacking midfielder, who has the potential to be one of the stars of the World Cup in such form.

JEREMY TOULALAN


A rugged commander of the midfield, Monaco knew exactly what to expect when they signed the tenacious Toulalan from cash-strapped Malaga last summer – and they have not been left disappointed by the former Olympique Lyonnais stalwart.

Despite his greying hair, Toulalan only turned 30 last September and has shown few signs of allowing his high standards to drop since joining Monaco. He is a gritty performer in the midfield, noted for his solid defensive play and tough tackling.

Remarkably, Toulalan even scored his first Ligue 1 goal for nearly 10 years when he found the net in an encounter against Reims in February.

He was an essential part of Ranieri’s system, which changed so regularly, on a permanent basis and played a vital role in protecting the defence.

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