Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has revealed that he believes Chelsea’s Eden Hazard should win the PFA’s Player of the Year award.
The Belgian is the bookies favourites for the gong after another stellar season for the Blues, scoring 13 goals and providing eight assists so far this campaign.
Jose Mourinho’s side are just two wins from a first Premier League title since 2010, and according to Kop legend Dalglish, Hazard has been the player that – unlike Diego Costa – has stepped up to the challenge when Chelsea needed him most.
“Right now you would go for Hazard as the best player this season because Costa has tailed off a wee bit,” he said in his weekly column for Daily Mirror.
“But Hazard especially has stepped up to the plate for Chelsea this year. Everything, all the ability he has got now, he had before.
“He is just an example of somebody maturing, as they get a bit older and a bit stronger. He still has his electric pace, his fantastic ability to go past people.
“The one thing I might say he has added to his game, and what he probably didn’t have when he first arrived, was the appreciation of what you are supposed to do when you have not got the ball.”
Dalglish was also full of praise for Chelsea defenders John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic saying that their defensive contribution has been as important as any attacking player.
He also praised Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic but said Hazard would certainly be a worthy winner of the player-voted award and was relishing the idea that he might yet improve more.
“Is there more to come from Hazard? That is like asking for blood out of a stone,” he added.
“The boy has been fantastic and if he levels off where he is now he will still be a fantastic player won’t he?”