Robert Pires’ Choice For Player Of The Year Makes Absolutely No Sense

As we approach the business end of the Premier League season, talk is beginning to turn to end of season awards and which players are most deserving of them.

Normally, by this point in the season, there’s a clear cut favourite for most awards, but with the Premier League title race being so tight between Manchester City and Liverpool, with both teams having several standout performers, nothing is certain this year.

Last year Mohamed Salah ran away with the POTY prize for his free scoring exploits with Liverpool, while N’Golo Kante received the gong the year before for another dominant league title winning campaign, this time with Chelsea rather than Leicester City.


 

1One of the frontrunners for this season’s award is Liverpool’s Dutch centre-half, Virgil van Dijk…

The Dutchman has been immense for Liverpool ever since arriving from Southampton in a Β£75 million deal last January and has been a key part of their Premier League title challenge, this term.

The Reds currently have the best defensive record in the league, having conceded only 15 goals in 29 games, with van Dijk and goalkeeper Allison providing much needed stability at the back.

Although not everyone is in agreement with just how impressive the Dutchman has been…


 

2There are also calls for the likes of Heung-Min Son and Sergio Aguero to receive the award for their goal scoring exploits, this season…


Yet Arsenal legend Robert Pires has made a rather surprising choice that doesn’t seem to make a ton of sense given the player’s form this season.


 

3Pires has opted against van Dijk, Aguero or Son and instead opted for Eden Hazard as his Player Of The Year…


Pires said during a recent interview with BWin, “I’ve seen talk about maybe Van Dijk winning Premier League Player of the Year, but there should only be one winner and his name is Eden Hazard. β€˜I watch Chelsea matches just because I want to watch Hazard play.

“Chelsea are very lucky to have Hazard and he can do things that no other player in the world can do. β€˜You look at his penalty in the Carabao Cup and who else would even try that against Ederson in that situation?

“The problem is that Hazard isn’t able to win the trophies his talent deserves at Chelsea so Real Madrid are a very attractive proposition.”

While Hazard’s assist stats this season are impressive, the Belgian has hardly set the league on fire, either, with Chelsea currently languishing in sixth place after a wretched run of results over the past few months.

Hazard, a previous winner of the award, is undoubtedly one of the most talented players to ever grace the Premier League but has been far from his imperious best during the 2018/19 campaign, despite an impressive first couple of months.

In comparison to the aforementioned players as well as the likes of Raheem Sterling, Roberto Firmino and Bernardo Silva, who are all spearheading title challenges, Hazard’s contributions this season don’t really appear to stack up anywhere near as much.

What do you make of Pires’ choice? Well deserved for Hazard or not?

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