Redknapp: Only this Chelsea player can challenge Harry Kane as my POTY

Eden Hazard jogging

Jamie Redknapp has been singing the praises of Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane.

Renowned Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp believes that only Chelsea wizard Eden Hazard can challenge Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane in the running for his Player of the Year, The Daily Mail report.

The Spurs striker continued his wonderful form of late with another flux of goals, securing his first ever Premier League hat-trick as the Lillywhites downed Leicester City 4-3.

His glut of goals since the turn of the year has been matched only by Argentine superstar Lionel Messi, and boss Roy Hodgson has responded to the media pleas by naming Kane in his latest England squad.

The 21-year-old’s overall performance this season has been astonishing, prompting pundit Redknapp to single him out as the Premier League’s Player of the Year to date.

“What a week for Harry Kane. He gets called up for England duty and responds with a first Premier League hat-trick. The boy is on fire,” Redknapp explained in The Daily Mail.

“Last month I picked him out as my player of the season. A few people might have laughed at me for that, but I’m sure they’re not laughing anymore.”

Not only has Kane’s goals helped Spurs challenge for a European spot, he has also reached the summit in the Premier League’s goal scoring charts, sharing top spot with Chelsea’s Diego Costa.

However, the young striker isn’t home and dry yet in terms of being Redknapp’s POTY as the former Spurs man feels Stamford Bridge idol Eden Hazard can still pip him to the honour.

“Only one player could take it off Kane now, and that’s Eden Hazard, but with three more goals, Harry’s done nothing to make me change my mind,” he added.

  GoalsAssistsShots per GameKey Passes per GameTake-ons per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearances
Eden Hazard 11 6 2 2.76 4.66 6.1 29

The Belgian international has also had a wonderful campaign, scoring 11 goals and contributing with a further six assists in 29 Premier League encounters.

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, aside from his goals and assists Hazard has consistently performed to a top standard and is vital to the Blues’ chances of winning the title.

He has averaged 2.76 key passes, 4.66 successful take-ons and an impressive 6.1 ball recoveries per Premier League encounter – figures which place him among the league’s most creative players.

Hazard is likely to end the season with a league title to accompany his League Cup success, and at just 23 years of age they could end up being the first of many more to come with the Blues.

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