BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has revealed his six-man shortlist for the Player of the Year award, and three Chelsea players made his list.
He opted for Chelsea trio of Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante and Diego Costa. He also nominated Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Dele Alli and Romelu Lukaku.
He then revealed that Kante ought to win the award.
“Kante, Hazard and Costa have made the difference for Chelsea this season,” he told the BBC.
“That’s why they are so far clear at the top of the league.
“As everyone now knows, signing Kante is like signing two players. He does not seem to get injured and is hardly ever suspended – the one league game he has missed this season – against Bournemouth on Boxing Day- was through a ban for picking up five bookings.
“He has been phenomenal and would just about edge out Hazard for me.
“Costa does not seem to get as much credit for Chelsea’s success this season, but he remains a beast of a striker.
“Along with Hazard he has been able to come up with a moment of quality when it is needed to settle a tight game.”