The PFA Player of the Year is one of the prestigious awards for any player plying their trade in English football. Eden Hazard and Juan Mata have been nominated for the PFA Player of the Year 2013 awards.
PFA Player of the Year 2013 award nominees: Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Robin van Persie, Gareth Bale, Michael Carrick, Luis Suarez
PFA Young Player of the Year 2013 award nominees: Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Gareth Bale, Christian Benteke, Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere
Chelsea, though, have had only limited success in this award. The last and only Chelsea player to win the award was John Terry back in 2005. However, this does not demonstrate the individual brilliance displayed by Chelsea players in the past decade. There has been several names worthy of winning this award.
Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard are probably the first names that will spring to the mind.
This season may end without any trophy in the bag, but three Chelsea players could end up winning a prized accolade. Romelu Lukaku is the third Chelsea player, and he is nominated – along with Eden Hazard – for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
In his second season at the club, Mata has managed to improve even further. The little Spaniard has contributed 85 goals for Chelsea this season. This comprises of 10 Premier League goals and 14 Premier League assists till date.
It is not surprising that Rafa Benitez compared with Mata with Gianfranco Zola.
Hazard’s contribution to the team has also been immense. He has 8 league goals and 12 league assists, which is hugely impressive considering that this is his first season in English football. In total, he has contributed 44 goals through goals and assists.
Romelu Lukaku spent the season on loan at West Brom. Despite playing for a mid-table team, the young teenager has been able to plunder 13 goals and establish himself as one of the top 10 goal scorers in the division. Lukaku is also the highest scoring teenager in English football right now.