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Eden Hazard was the last Chelsea player to win the PFA Player of the Year award, and also the Young Player of the Year award.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright has named Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount as a leading contender for this season’s Young Player of the Year award.
Mount has had more appearances than any other Chelsea player this season, and also had the most appearances last season.
Mount made the eight-man shortlist for last season’s Premier League young player of the season award along with fellow Chelsea star Christian Pulisic but was eventually beaten to the award by Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Ian Wright believes that this is the perfect time for Mount to win the award.
When asked who he thought were the leading contenders for Young Player of the Year, Wright also mentioned Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka, but insisted that Mount has “unique attributes” that gives him the edge.
“Mason Mount, he’s got unique attributes with his defensive and attacking sides of the game, ” he told the Kelly and Wrighty Show.
“[He’s] creative in everything that he does.
“There’s no coincidence that people are kind of done with the ‘teacher’s pet’ thing with him and Gareth [Southgate] and Frank [Lampard], now Tuchel is picking him as well.
“I like the way he just went through that phase, just continually doing what he has done which is to play football the best he can, doing what the managers want for him to do.
“[He keeps] scoring goals, creating goals, working hard for the team.
“He is the mainstay for England, the mainstay for Chelsea now — somebody with an attitude and dedication to what he’s doing is first class.”
The last Chelsea player to win this award was Eden Hazard, back in 2014.