Why Eden Hazard and David de Gea are the only two contenders for Player of the Year

Hazard Dribble - Chelsea v Maribor

Hazard and De Gea have been equally as crucial to their respective sides and are streets ahead of any other individual this season.

With the end of season awards looming, attention soon turns to who will pick up the prestigious PFA Player of the Year award and there are two contenders who are miles ahead of anybody else.

Eden Hazard and David de Gea have been absolutely crucial to Chelsea and Manchester United respectively this season. So much so that if they had been absent, the Blues would not be running away with the title and the Red Devils would not be in the top four.

Hazard has been in sensational form all year and whilst his teammates’ form has dropped off in recent months, the Belgian has been consistently immense.

He has ripped many defences to shreds with his direct and tricky style and has ridiculously quick feet, comparable to the great Lionel Messi.

Hazard has been the key cog in Jose Mourinho’s well-oiled machine, who is capable of the unpredictable. He has constantly delivered for Chelsea and has the numbers to back up his performances. Hazard has scored 12 goals, created 87 chances and completed 148 dribbles in the Premier League.

De Gea is the only player who is comparable to Hazard in terms of importance. Without the Spaniard between their sticks, United would not be comfortably sitting in the top four.

When things weren’t so rosy for the Red Devils earlier in the season, De Gea stood tall and won them points almost single-handedly.

United have made the second most errors leading to attempts (27) this season but only three have led to goals. There is one major reason for that: De Gea.

Particular highlights have been his penalty save against Everton, the strings of saves against Liverpool and the last minute wonder save against Stoke. Even on Sunday, in the 4-2 win over Manchester City, De Gea showed off his excellent distribution by creating the equaliser with a measured pass up the field.

There is a reason why Real Madrid are reportedly willing to pay big money to acquire De Gea this summer, per the Mirror.

People may provide a counter argument by stating that Tottenham Hotspur’s striking revelation Harry Kane has been forgotten here.

He hasn’t. Kane has had a phenomenal breakout year, littered with goals but the truth is that when it has really mattered in the last few weeks, the striker has failed to deliver which has seen Spurs fall completely out of the race for the Champions League. He should be crowned Young Player of the Year.

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch