Eden Hazard narrowly missed out on the PFA’s Player of the Year award, which went to Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.
However, it wasn’t a wasted effort for the Belgian to get suited and booted as he picked up the Young Player of the Year award after a superb season, which has seen him emerge as Chelsea’s most important player.
Hazard has produced a solid set of figures; 14 goals and 9 assists from 33 Premier League appearances, along with two goals in a Champions League campaign which has seen the Blues reach the last four.
Some will suggest that he deserves the main award more than Suarez because his performances have been from a wider position over the central areas enjoyed by a striker.
Either way, there’s no doubt that Hazard deserved some sort of recognition last night and focus will now switch to the summer.
PSG have been lurking over the second half of the season and circling, looking for any sign that Hazard himself would be vulnerable to a move to Ligue One or a sign that Chelsea could be willing to listen to offers.
Reported offers are within the region of £50-60 million which would be difficult for the Blues to resist but Mourinho has played a blinder in relation to the player’s future in the press.
The Portuguese boss has played down any speculation that Hazard could leave, protecting him well from the rumour mill and giving Chelsea fans no reason to believe that he’ll be playing his football anywhere else next season.
Hazard now faces a race against time after admitting last night that he’s going all out to be fit for the game against Atletico Madrid this week, which is another platform where he could demonstrate his world class ability and just how important he’s become to this Chelsea team.
Here’s what Blues fans made of his award on Twitter last night.
CONGRATULATIONS to Eden Hazard on winning the 2014 PFA Young Player of the Year award.— hamza dursun (@hamzafryad80) April 28, 2014
Eden Hazard is very talented but far too old to get Young Player award in England. Won same award in France & was international 6 years ago.— John Chapman (@BelgoFoot) April 28, 2014
Eden Hazard won the YPOTY award! Deserved!— Eden (@HazardTekkers) April 28, 2014
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
So happy to see Hazard finally winning an individual award. He deserves it. #CFC— Chelsea Fc Bluearmy™ (@TheRealBluearmy) April 28, 2014
Hazard fully deserves YPOTY but him above Toure in POTY is madness— Spencer Morgan (@spencermorgan93) April 27, 2014
Hazard must be insulted at that award. Not many people can lace his boots, but Suarez definitely deserves the main gig— Liam Hastie (@hastie_liam) April 27, 2014
Well deserved award for Hazard, absolute class along with skills and goals!Aguero deserved the main award though, he scored in big games.— Louis Broomfield (@LouisBroomfield) April 27, 2014
Hazard won ypoty months ago when Mourinho whinged about him not getting recognition.— Ali robson (@alirobbo69) April 27, 2014