Where is Eden Hazard on PFA Premier League Team of the Year?
With the announcement of the PFA Premier League Team of the Year this week, I did not help but notice that 6 Manchester City players and 4 Liverpool players composed of 10 out of 11 spots for the “best” team. While it should be no surprise that a majority of players were from these two clubs as they dominated the Premier League this year, I felt as if there were a few names missing. Namely what happened to the sixth nomination for PFA Player of the Year who came from a club besides Liverpool or Manchester City?
Since Eden Hazard has scored 16 goals and 13 assists this season in the 36 games played so far, he has shown that he can be a threat up top for Chelsea. With Chelsea fighting for a spot in the top four this season, there should an inclusion of at least one individual from the team when there is such a stand out striker. Now, with Liverpool losing only one game and Manchester City being at the top of the table, it is hard to not include so many of their players. There is roughly a twenty-point difference between second place and third place so only two clubs are for contention at winning it all and as such those two teams made up 91% of the team selected. At the same time, for an individual to stand out and be selected as one of the top 6 individuals on his own merits through nomination for PFA Player of the Year and not be put in a starting 11 is crazy. This year for Eden Hazard has the same number of goals as he did in 2017 which was the year, he won the PFA Player of the Year, yet he does not even make the team should not be the case. Eden Hazard leads the table for the combined stat for Goals+Assists and should be the striker up front. As such, I believe there is some merit for the inclusion of Eden Hazard on the team.
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