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Chelsea star Eden Hazard is enjoying his best individual season at Chelsea, and the 28-year-old has been nominated for the 2019 PFA Players’ Player of the Year award.
Hazard, who moved to Chelsea in 2012, won the award in 2015 having lifted the PFA Young Player of the Year award in 2014, and has now been named among a shortlist of six names, following a very impressive season despite Chelsea’s struggles.
The Belgian has hit 19 goals this season, including some stunning efforts against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup and more recently against West Ham in the Premier League earlier this month, and is topping the assist chart by contributing 12 assists in his best ever campaign.
Hazard will be up against Manchester City trio Raheem Sterling, Bernando Silva and Sergio Aguero. Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk are also on the shortlist. It’s a very strong list with all six players in remarkable form this season.
The winner of the award will be announced at a ceremony in London on Sunday April 28.
There have been times Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has deployed Hazard as a false nine, and it’s a move that has rarely worked.
After Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool, former Chelsea boss Glenn Hoddle revealed he doesn’t understand the logic behind playing Hazard as a striker.
Hoddle told BT Sport: “Absolutely (fans will be happy to see him wide), I just don’t get it, why would you put such a talented player with his back to play?
“Where centre backs will come in and get him, midfielders who are holding are going to nip back get him. Why would you put him in those circumstances?
“Also at Anfield and certain games you need someone to hold the ball up for you. Consequently Liverpool had too much for them. I don’t get it… they need a target man. You can’t play balls to Hazard, one of the best players in the world, like that. No one is going to be able to produce anything with service like that.”