Eden Hazard deserves

Why Eden Hazard deserves to be PFA player of the year

On Thursday, the six best players in the Premier League for the 2016-17 season were revealed. Chelsea contributed two players, while Tottenham, Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton had one representative each. Of the six-player shortlist, one player deserves the recognition more than most – his name is Eden Hazard. But why does Eden Hazard deserve to be named the PFA player of the year? I answer that question in this piece.

My pick of Eden Hazard as the most deserving recipient of the PFA Player of the Year award is not just based on my affinity for the player. It’s based on the following cogent reasons.

1 – He’s scored the best goals

There are six PFA Player of the Year contenders, but among them, only Hazard has won the PFA goal of the month award this campaign. His stunning strike against Arsenal still rings bells.
Romelu Lukaku (23), Harry Kane (19), Alexis Sanchez (18) and Zlatan Ibrahimović (17) have all outscored Hazard, who has only found the net fourteen times in the Premier League this season. However, nearly all of those fourteen goals have been borne of sheer individual brilliance from the Belgian attacker.

Hazard has been the guy who’s popped up with the most stunning strikes this season. So the Chelsea star’s stellar contributions should be recognised with his second PFA Player of the Year award.

2 – He’s the Premier league’s best dribbler

One reason Eden Hazard deserves to go home with the PFA Player of the Year award is the fact that he’s arguably the most entertaining player in the Premier League. On countless occasions, Chelsea’s wizard has left opponents for dead as he dribbles his way through defensive barriers in mesmeric fashion. As of 28th March 2017, Hazard, with 119 dribbles, had the third highest number of successful dribbles in Europe’s top five leagues. He was only bettered by Lille’s Allan Saint-Maximin (127) and Neymar (125).

The Belgian has been at his best once again, and Antonio Conte couldn’t be happier to have him fit. Hazard is the best one-v-one attacker in the league. He deserves an individual title for his brilliant displays.

3 – He’s been the most improved player this season

Eden Hazard has proved this season that while the form is temporary, class, is indeed permanent. Last season, the former Lille winger had one of his worst spells since he turned pro. Hazard could only manage four league goals in thirty-one appearances as Chelsea endured their most difficult campaign in the Roman Abramovic era.

However, since the start of the new season, under the influence of Antonio Conte, Hazard has been a completely different player. The 26-year-old has helped lift Chelsea to the Premier League summit. Rumors of a mega transfer to Real Madrid has refused to subside, and it’s all down to his stunning displays.

Speaking of Hazard’s turnaround, Antonio Conte was quoted as saying:

“I don’t like to speak about last season and a single player. I repeat I think when you have this type of bad season, many players of the team didn’t perform in the right way.”

“Now it is another season and I am pleased he performs with the commitment and the work rate…”

Hazard has shown class in being able to pick himself from the dust of last season. He has now capped a brilliant, resurgent campaign with a PFA Player of the Year nomination. From the list of nominees, Hazard has been the most improved player and deserves more than just a nomination.

4 – He’s propelled Chelsea to the top of the league

Eden Hazard won PFA Young Player of the Year in his second season in England. It was in 2013/2014, where Hazard scored fourteen league goals and provided seven assists. In 2014/2015, he eclipsed that feat by scoring fourteen goals and providing nine assists. By the end of 2015, he was voted the Premier League’s best footballer by his fellow players.

This season, Hazard is at again. He’s already matched his league-best goal return of fourteen and is aiming for more. He has also been creating chances for teammates this campaign while being Chelsea’s second top scorer.

The former Ligue 1 winner has created sixty-five chances and provided five assists in twenty-nine league games this term. Yet, he can still do more as there are seven games left to play. But for now, Hazard is performing at the top of his game, which is why he deserves this award.

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