Paul Scholes explains why Harry Kane isn't his player of the year

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The pundit was discussing the Tottenham Hotspur striker.

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes would pick Eden Hazard as his player of the year - but ranks Tottenham forward Harry Kane as his no.2 , according to his regular column in the Independent and London Evening Standard.

Indeed, Scholes feels Hazard is 'not streets ahead' of Kane but has nevertheless gone for the Chelsea man as his first choice.

But the pundit still picked the 21-year-old Spurs striker as his second in line.

Scholes said: "I prefer the attacking footballers - you wouldn’t expect me to say otherwise - and Hazard has been the best in that regard. Not streets ahead of the likes of Harry Kane and nothing like the wow-factor of those two big players at Barcelona and Real Madrid. But Hazard has made the difference in big games, like the one against Manchester United.

"If I were to place the six shortlisted players, plus [John] Terry, in order, I would rank them like this: 1) Hazard; 2) Kane; 3) Terry; 4) David De Gea; 5) Philippe Coutinho; 6) Alexis Sanchez; 7) Diego Costa."

Scholes is only the latest ex-footballer to wade in on the debate, of course, but the most popular vote so far does indeed appear to be that of Chelsea's Hazard.

For Kane, though, humble and dedicated as he is, it would probably be an honour to make Scholes' top two - as he has still ranked the Tottenham striker above some very talented players.

A particularly interesting selection is that of the talented but inconsistent Philippe Coutinho above Arsenal's driving force in Alexis Sanchez, as well as Chelsea's Diego Costa.

The former Manchester United man, however, ranks Hazard and Kane higher than them all - a fitting tribute to two stars who have enjoyed phenomenal campaigns.

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