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It’s been a season of highs and lows for Chelsea this season, as the Blues started the season fighting for the title, and then moved out of the top four, only to make top four at the end.
The performance of majority of the Chelsea squad has been inconsistent, but only one man has stood out – Eden Hazard.
Hazard has been Chelsea’s best player this season and has carried the team on his back for most part of the season.
Hazard has 16 league goals to his name this season, and Hazard’s two assists against Watford took him to 15 assists in the Premier League this season, more than any other player in the big five European Leagues, undoubtedly making him Chelsea’s best player this season, and he is also in contention for the Premier League Player of the Season and also the Playmaker of the Season.
Former Premier League midfielder Don Hutchison, believes Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has been ‘brilliant’ this season, and is the Blues second best player of the campaign.
“You could be optimistic if you’re a Chelsea fan and you look at the bigger picture and try and imagine what your team’s gonna be next season,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily podcast.
“It might be N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek. Very good. You might have [Callum] Hudson-Odoi one side, Christian Pulisic the other. I’m not sure what’s gonna happen with [Gonzalo] Higuain, if they can actually bring him in or not, or [Olivier] Giroud leading the line.
“It’s still a very, very good team and a very, very good squad.”
Despite Hazard’s amazing stats this season, Hazard doesn’t believe this season is his best in Chelsea colours because Chelsea didn’t win the Premier League title.
“For me, the best season is when I’m first in the table,” Hazard told Chelsea’s official programme ahead of the Blues’ 3-0 win over Watford last Sunday.
“I don’t care about statistics, you’ve known me for seven years. I’m not focused on that, I’m like this.
“To be fair, it’s not my best season anyway, because it was a bit like the team’s.
“We started well, and I started well, then we had some ups and downs and it was the same for me as well.
“I think we missed a bit of consistency this season. That’s the only point. When the manager is talking, he is talking about this: consistency.
“If we had two, three, four games with this high level of consistency, we could now be second, or something.
“But we need to work step-by-step for the future.
“Our target is now to finish in the top four and win the Europa League because at the end, we want to win a trophy.”