After contributing a lot for the success of his team in this year’s Premier League, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard gets his second accolade of the season as he wins the Football Writers’ Association (FWA) Player of the Year award.
Hazatd garnered an impressive 53 percent of all the votes cast by the more than 300 members of the prestigious sportswriters’ association to grab his second Player of the Year award, after being given the same recognition from the Professional Footballers Association just two weeks ago. The 24-year old midfielder bested Tottenham’s Harry Kane, who placed second and whom Hazard also closely contended with for the PFA award, and Hazard’s teammate John Terry, who was third.
FWA chairman Andy Dunn praised Hazard for his unique style of play when on court. He also notes that the winger has been one of the most effective threats Chelsea has against their opponents.
“But it is not just his trickery, his pace, his artistry and his marksmanship that make Hazard such an invaluable component of Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea squad, it is his durability. Hazard has started all 36 Premier League matches and, considering the particularly close attention he receives from opponents, that is a feat in itself.”
Dunn also remarked that the list of nominees were also very impressive, but Hazard really stood out and that he is also a worthy addition to the host of players that have received the award in the last few years.
Hazard has amassed a total of 20 goals so far in all competitions that the Blues have been this season. He also served as an important part of the team;s campaign in the Premier League, which resulted in them grabbing the title.
Aside from Hazard, Kane, and Terry, three others from Chelsea made it to the FWA top 10: Cesc Fabregas, Branislav Ivanovic and Thibaut Courtois. The other men who filled the list were Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal, Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero and Leicester’s Esteban Cambiasso.