Hazard wins writers' award
Eden Hazard has been named the Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year.
The 24-year-old adds that award, which is voted for by over 300 journalists, to the PFA Players’ Player of the Year prize he picked up last month.
Hazard received 53 per cent of the FWA vote with his captain John Terry in third place, behind Tottenham’s Harry Kane. Cesc Fabregas, Branislav Ivanovic and Thibaut Courtois also featured in the FWA’s top 10.
Hazard joins former Blues Gianfranco Zola (1997) and Frank Lampard (2005) as winners of the award, which has been running since 1948. He will be honoured with the accolade at a gala dinner in London on May 21.
FWA chairman Andy Dunn, of the Sunday Mirror, said: ‘The list of truly world-class players on the Football Writers' Association roll of honour is a long one and Eden Hazard is a worthy addition.
‘A creator, a goalscorer and the hardest of workers, Hazard has been a constant source of threat for the Barclays Premier League champions.
‘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.
Hazard is also among three Blues nominated for the PFA Fans’ Player of the Season award. John Terry and Diego Costa join the Belgian in the 10-man shortlist and supporters can vote for their winner at fan awards.90min
The shortlist will be reduced to five players on 19 May with the final deadline to vote at midnight on 25 May.
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