The PFA have announced a six-man shortlist for the Player of the Year and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has been named as one of the nominees.
Hazard won the individual award back in the 2014/15 season with the Blues and this campaign is the only player outside of Manchester City or Liverpool to be included.
With City and Liverpool so far out in front competing for the Premier League title, the shortlist is dominated by their players.
Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling are listed for City, while Virgil Van Dijk and Sadio Mane make the cut from Liverpool.
Hazard surely seems like one of the outsiders to swoop this season’s award, but his recognition is fully deserved.
The Belgian attacker has been integral for Chelsea in the Premier League, scoring 16 goals and supplying 12 assists in 33 games.
All Blues watchers will know too that he offers so much more than goal output, as he usually attracts several players at once and sets up so much room for his teammates.
When it comes to natural ability, Hazard stands alone in the Premier League and he’s answered some critics with his consistency this term.
The expectation around the left-winger is so big that many feel he underachieves, but that’s certainly not been the case this season and he could have had more goals if not for the fact he’s sometimes been used as a false nine by manager Maurizio Sarri.
Hazard definitely deserves to be in the running to win the award and he will have been the most difficult test for numerous opponents in the top flight.
But in fairness the colossus centre-back Van Dijk has been brilliant for Liverpool and goal machine Sterling too with City, which is why it would be a surprise if neither of them won the prize.