Paul Merson names Chelsea FC’s player of the season

The Arsenal legend names Eden Hazard as Chelsea FC's best player this season

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard Photo: Nike

Paul Merson has named Eden Hazard as Chelsea FC’s player of the season ahead of Willian.

The Blues finished in fifth place in the Premier League table to miss out on a Champions League spot for the second time in three seasons.

Chelsea FC struggled to defend their Premier League title after the west London side finished a staggering 30 points behind champions Manchester City.

Antonio Conte’s side can still end the season with some silverware if the Blues manage to beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

Belgium international Hazard scored 12 goals and made eight assists in 36 appearances in the Premier League this season.

Willian, on the other hand, netted six times and made seven assists in 20 starts and 16 substitute appearances in the Premier League in the current campaign.

Former Arsenal star Merson believes Hazard has been Chelsea FC’s standout player in the current campaign ahead of Willian.

“It’s between Eden Hazard and Willian but I’ll go with Hazard,” Merson told Sky Sports.

Chelsea FC won the Premier League title with two games to spare last season after the Blues finished seven points ahead of Tottenham.

The title holders missed out on a Champions League spot for the third time in two seasons after a 3-0 loss to Newcastle United at St James’ Park last weekend.

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