Former US striker Charlie Davies believes Columbus Crew captain Jonathan Mensah is in line to be the named the best player of the 2020 Major League Soccer (MLS) season.
Mensah’s performance for Columbus Crew in the 2020 MLS season has wowed the former national team player. The Ghanaian has been a rock at the back as they top the Eastern Conference league with 30 points and have conceded only 5 goals in 13 games.
A center back has never won the Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player (MVP) award – it’s almost always gone to a forward or attacking midfielder these past 24 years.
”You know I love my attackers, you know I love my goalscorers,” Davies said on Thursday’s episode of Extratime
”Salute to everybody doing it for their clubs, but Jonathan Mensah, for me, has been the MVP this year. Just being this relentless, smart, tactical defensive player who you can rely on, who’s consistent and everyone who you can see vibes off of.
”This is a tremendous, talented center back in this league that we’re not really accustomed to seeing, a center back with his capabilities and how he’s kind of set the tone for Columbus Crew.”
Mensah, 30, joined Columbus in 2017 from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala as a Designated Player.
The Landon Donovan MVP Award is an annual award for MLS players. It is voted on by media, MLS players, and club management and is given to the player deemed the most valuable player in the league each season.
Mensah has earned 61 caps for Ghana’s national team, including appearances at the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups. He was not named in Charles Akonnor’s squad for the upcoming frienldy against Mali in Turkey.