Chelsea winger Eden Hazard won the PFA Player of the Year award, and Tottenham striker Harry Kane was named PFA Young Player of the Year. Both awards come as no surprise given the pair have been shoo-ins to win their respective category for weeks, yet the recognition given to them from their peers is a nice tribute.
Hazard, the Belgian international star more than deserves the award for a fantastic season at Chelsea considering he already won the Capital One Cup this campaign, and is on course to add the Premier League title to his name too.
The former Lille winger has come a long way in such a short space of time, and is now regarded among the top-10 best players in the world. He has proven to be a great investment by the Blues, and his consistency has been key to his club’s success.
“I’m very happy. One day I want to be the best and what I did this season is play very well, Chelsea played very well. I don’t know if I deserve to win but it is good for me. It is better to be voted by the players – they know everything about football. Personally I have played a good season, I have been there in the big games and I scored a lot of important goals, this is why I’m better this season,” he said.
As for Tottenham’s Harry Kane, his season came as a real shock to most. Outside of the London club, not many had heard of the young striker, and even less will have tipped him to produce 30 goals in all competitions this season.
But Kane is the type of player who takes the slightest of chances with both hands and tries to excel, both on and off the field. For Spurs, he has kept the likes of Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor on the bench as a result of his fine form. He scored on his England debut, and is now being tipped for a bright future.
“It is amazing. It is a very proud moment for myself and my family – hopefully the first of many to come. I have got to keep working hard, but to be recognised by your fellow players is something special and it is a night I won’t forget. I got the opportunity with the gaffer and I have really enjoyed my season so far – I have taken my chance,” he said at the awards ceremony.