Eden Hazard did make the six-man shortlist for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award which was announced at the weekend, yet he has not been named in the PFA Premier League Team of Year for 2018/19 which was unveiled this morning.
Our no.10 is enjoying an outstanding season full of eye-catching moments and his non-selection is being widely described as a surprise omission. Certainly his headline statistics from the current season cannot have counted against him when the votes were cast.
Hazard is enjoying his best Premier League campaign to date when it comes to goals and assists combined, and indeed he tops the table for that total across the all the players at all 20 clubs.
One more goal in the remaining three matches and he will have surpassed his 16 scored in the league in 2016/17. His 13 assists is already two greater than his best previous Premier League tally, which came in his first season here in 2012/13.
The PFA Teams of the Year are determined by the votes of the professional footballers in each respective division.
This year’s Premier League selection very much reflects the two teams contesting for the title with all but one of the 11 named coming from those two sides, although Mohamed Salah is not one of them. Manchester United’s Paul Pogba in midfield is the odd one out in coming from a different club. The full selection is below:
Yesterday, it was announced that Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, currently on-loan at Aston Villa, made the PFA Championship team of the Year. He has 25 goals to his name and has helped Villa into the promotion play-offs.
Hazard will discover on Sunday if he is Players’ Player of the Year when the PFA’s individual accolades are handed out at an awards ceremony in London. His rivals for that are Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva from Manchester City, and Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk from Liverpool. All five of those are in the Team of the Year.