The 24-year-old Super Eagles star fired in a rocket from outside the penalty area at Craven Cottage to help Scott Parker’s men grab their first league win of the season with a 2-0 victory.
Aina’s goal was picked ahead of those of his African brothers including Crystal Palace midfielder Eberechi Eze and Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez, nominated for the prize.
Eze scored with a free-kick from 20 yards in Crystal Palace’s 4-1 home win over Leeds United on November 7 while Mahrez finished off a brilliant team move to put Manchester City ahead in the sixth minute, in their 5-0 win over Burnley on November 28.
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Other players who contended for the award are Southampton duo Danny Ings and James Ward-Prowse, Brighton and Hove Albion’s Solly March, Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and Leeds United’s Raphinha.
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