Florian Lejeune (Paris, France, 20 May 1991) has landed the prize for Best Defender in LaLiga 1|2|3 2015/16. The 25-year-old centre-back was one of Girona FC's most important players last season as Pablo Machin's men finished in the playoffs. Lejeune's 1.90 metre frame and powerful defending brought great solidity to his team's backline, which is vital for a club playing in a league as competitive as LaLiga 1|2|3.
Aside from his defensive duties, Lejeune scored three times and set up two goals, proving that he wasn't just a rock in defence for Machin's side, but a player who could help out in attack as well. Including the playoffs, the Frenchman featured in 41 matches (a total of 3,564 minutes) over the course of last season, playing the full 90 minutes in the majority of those appearances.
After finding themselves languishing in the lower reaches of LaLiga 1|2|3 at one stage of last season, Girona produced a spectacular turnaround and finished the campaign in fourth place. Much of this was due to their excellent defending, which played a big role in the team keeping 19 clean sheets. As the leader of their back four, Lejeune was one of the key reasons why the Girona defence was so watertight and why his team was able to go as far as reaching the playoffs.
After two seasons representing Girona, Lejeune's excellent performances were rewarded when LaLiga Santander's SD Eibar swooped in to sign him. He is already proving to the Basque side that they made a good choice in signing him, starting the majority of games for the team so far this season.