Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has backed Chelsea star Eden Hazard to win the PFA Player of the year award ahead of teammate Diego Costa, reports the Daily Express.
The Belgian has been in brilliant form throughout the campaign, scoring 18 goals and grabbing 10 assists in all competitions. This has helped the Blues to take control of the Premier League title race. They are currently ten points ahead of second placed Arsenal before they play the Gunners on Sunday.
Dalglish believes that the 24-year-old has matured this year to build on the undoubted talent that he has always possessed. Costa’s below par and injury marred second half of the season has also helped the winger to become the favourite for the prestigious individual award.
The Scot said: “Right now you would go for Hazard as the best player this season because Costa has tailed off a wee bit. 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.”
The Reds hero doesn’t seem to think so, but surely Tottenham’s Harry Kane should also have a chance at the award? The 21-year-old has over 30 goals in all competitions this season, a total not matched by any other Premier League player.