Remy Cabella has topped Lionel Messi and Diego Costa to pick up ESPN’s European player of the month for January..

The broadcaster’s panel had nominated the Newcastle midfielder along with the Barcelona and Chelsea players as the three to choose from.

Then in an online poll of readers, a massive 59.5% voted for Cabella, easily beating Messi on  32.8% and Costa way behind with 7.7%.

Scurrilous suggestions have claimed Newcastle fans enthusiastically voted for their own player, using social media to drum up support and skew the vote.

On hearing he now owned the best player in Europe, Mike Ashley was just gutted that he hadn’t realised during the transfer window that has just closed…

For the record, Remy Cabella’s January saw him play in defeats against Southampton, Chelsea and Leicester (Cup), though he rounded it off with a man of the match display against Hull in the 3-0 win on Saturday, scoring his first ever goal for United.  The Newcastle midfielder was though also rated man of the match at Chelsea despite the defeat.

Meanwhile over in Barcelona, Lionel Messi could ‘only’ manage 8 goals in January as he helped Barca to win 6 of the 7 matches he took part in.

While at Chelsea, Diego Costa scored 4 goals last month and assisted Chelsea to win 4 of the 6 matche she played in, including reaching the League Cup final after beating Liverpool.

Obviously no contest….