Eden Hazard’s omission from the PFA Team of the Year has come as a surprise to many, including Chelsea – and that is evident from their latest social media post.
The west London club have bemoaned the Belgian’s omission from the squad with a detailed article examining his superb performances this term.
Hazard is enjoying his best season to date for Chelsea, having racked up 16 goals and 13 assists in an otherwise uninspiring campaign for Maurizio Sarri’s side.
And the Blues’ social media team have coughed up the evidence to express their disbelief that their talisman hasn’t been given the nod by his peers.
The article read: “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.
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“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 article then displayed a graphic totalling the number of goal involvements the 28-year-old has been in, illustrating the fact he has better stats than Man City duo Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah with a 29 combined goals and assists.
The article continued: “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.”
Pogba’s inclusion in the squad has caused the biggest outrage amongst fans on social media – so much so that even some Red Devils supporters were shocked by his selection.
Under former United boss Jose Mourinho the Frenchman was poor, but his form drastically picked up following the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
His recent performances have again dipped as the Red Devils endure a terrible patch of form, with seven of their last nine matches ending in defeat.
The PFA will honour the players at its annual awards ceremony in London on Sunday, April 28.