It is a great honour for the 14-time Hungarian international, who has been instrumental for Thomas Tuchel's side this season, currently topping Mainz's goalscoring charts having netted nine times. The powerful front man convincingly beat off the competition of compatriots Adam Bogdan, a goalkeeper for Bolton Wanderers, and Hannover 96's wing wizard Szabolcs Huszti in a survey of the country's top sports journalists.
"Comfortable in Mainz"
Speaking exclusively to bundesliga.com earlier this season, Szalai explained his reason for signing a two-year contract extension keeping him at the club until 2015. "I feel very comfortable in Mainz," explained the 25-year-old. "It was here that I became a Bundesliga professional and when I was injured for so long the whole club and team were completely behind me. I believe I can develop myself further here and this was the best opportunity for me to be playing regularly as I continue to improve."