Chelsea FC midfielder Eden Hazard won the PFA Young Player of the Year award at the organization’s yearly awards banquet on Sunday night. He is the second Chelsea player to win it after John Terry did in 2005. Hazard received the most votes out of the pool of young footballers who were under 23 at the turn of the new year. Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge came in second with Luke Shaw of Southampton bringing up the rear in third place. Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling and Everton’s Ross Barkley were also nominated for the award.
Hazard has had a fine season in only his second year at Stamford Bridge with 13 goals and seven assists to top the Chelsea scoring charts. The highest praise given to him was from Chelsea assistant manager Steve Holland who said that the biggest improvement in Hazard’s game has been his defense, which explains why is now a constant in Jose Mourinho’s lineups.
Here is Eden Hazard looking sharp in a tuxedo with his PFA Young Player of the Year award:
Congrats to Eden Hazard for this award, fantastic season for him, showed up in all games, been fantastic. Well done! pic.twitter.com/Iz3Ko66uN6
— José Mourinho fans (@mourinho_cfc) April 27, 2014
Eden Hazard also finished second in the PFA Player of the Year running to Liverpool’s Luis Suarez who has somehow convinced everyone in the English media that he is no longer a terrible person on the football pitch. Apparently the images of Suarez biting and blatantly diving get swept away because he scores goals by the bunches against mid-table sides. Manchester City’s Yaya Toure finished third in the voting for the player of the year award.
This award shows the giant leap that Hazard has made in English football since arriving with a great deal of hype from Lille in the summer of 2012. He has made tremendous progress and has grown from simply being an attacking player with flair to a player that can completely take over a match. Hopefully this will not be Eden Hazard’s last piece of silverware this season.
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