Kante v Hazard. 2 Chelsea fans make their arguments
Both players have had astonishing seasons. Chelsea fans will hope they both stay for the next one. But for now, the question remains, who has been more important for Chelsea this season? Kante or Hazard?
It’s been an incredible season for Chelsea. Bouncing back under Antonio Conte to secure an emphatic dominance over all of English football. Two players have been at the heart of everything the side has achieved. N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard. Hazard has created and scored many of the goals that brought the points. The Frenchman has arrived from Leicester to hoover up the midfield, defend the back line and cover the forward movements of the side.
Kante v Hazard: The players
Why Kante is better
Duncan – Lifelong Chelsea fan – London
N’Golo Kante just won the PFA player of the year, he’s become a staple of the French National side and has now won 2 Premier League titles in a row with 2 different clubs. People are saying the common factor in both of these teams is clear (and no, we don’t mean an Italian manager!)
He’s unassuming and, with Conte and Luiz, has brought a very different character to the side of calm, highly skilled pros who just get their heads down and get the job done. He’s probably going to be captain of both Chelsea and France if he keeps this kind of form up. I would like to see him weight in with a few more goals. I remember in a defensive position, Essien in his pomp would be able to do that. But there’s no doubt bringing Kante to the bridge has made all the difference to the squad in general. His work lets others play. Look how much better Hazard has been this season compared to last. I would say the difference is Kant’s presence. And this should settle the argument.
- In the 2016/2017 season, Kante has made 127 tackles, winning 65% of them.
- 82 interceptions.
- 41 Clearances
- 275 Recoveries
- 474 Duels won with other players
- 36 successful 50/50s
- 2122 passes (60 per match)
- 8 through balls
- 1 goal
- 10 Crosses with 10% accuracy.
Why Hazard is better
Emily – Chelsea fan – Dublin, Ireland
Hazard is a sublime player Real Madrid are desperate to acquire at all costs over the summer transfer period. His assists and goals have been fulcrum to everything Chelsea have achieved this season. He’s also the core of the sublimely talented Belgian national side who are bound to flourish in the coming years.
I just love watching Hazard play. Players like this are rare. Vision and class and delivery game after game. I think Kante has been HUGE for the club. But players like Hazard are why we watch football. Why we come to Stamford Bridge, faces painted blue. They’re much harder to replace too. Kante is probably the best in the world at what he does, but we could maybe find a few other players who could skill up and increase their work rate were he to leave. If you want to replace Hazard you’re looking at maybe 4 players in the world. And the money would be insane. I really hope he stays. I think with him we might have a shot at the Champions League next season too!
- In the 2016/2017 season, Kante has made 117 tackles, winning 81% of them.
- 5 Assists
- 16 goals
- 1,750 Passes
- 77 Shots
- 84 crosses with 20% accuracy
- 6 Through balls
- 114 accurate long balls
- 17 tackles
- 279 duels won
Kante v Hazard: The decision.
Mark Chelsea’s astonishing title conquest by deciding who their most important player was this season. Disagree with this choice? Maybe you think Costa deserves a mention up front. Or the return of David Luiz to shore up the back in front of Courtois? Was Matic as important in midfield? Let us know in the comments below.
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