Alan Shearer: Eden Hazard should be thanking his Chelsea team-mate

Alan Shearer believes that Eden Hazard's top form has largely been down to Chelsea star N'Golo Kante

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Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard Photo: The Sport Review

Alan Shearer has credited N’Golo Kante with bringing out the best in Eden Hazard at Chelsea this season.

Hazard has been in superb form for Chelsea this term and his 16 goals in the Premier League helped the Blues win the Premier League title in Antonio Conte’s first season at the club.

Kante has also been one of Chelsea’s standout performers this season and has earned plenty of praise for his displays since his arrival at Stamford Bridge from Leicester City last summer.

The French midfielder has been rewarded for his fine form by winning the PFA player of the year award this season.

And former England star Shearer believes that Kante’s defensive work has allowed Hazard to thrive in a more attacking role under Conte this season.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Shearer said: “There’s no denying Eden Hazard’s ability but I don’t think it’s a coincidence that goal-scoring wise, Eden Hazard has had his best season this term.

“What he enables Hazard to do is that he doesn’t have to track back [when Kante is playing].

“There’s not as much responsibility on Hazard, which gives him the freedom to stay up front. Kante is the guy who sets his team on the front-foot.”

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Chelsea won the Premier League title this season but missed out on the chance to secure a domestic double after they were beaten 2-1 by Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

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