Ruud Gullit: I'd take Chelsea's Eden Hazard over N'Golo Kante if I could have only one

Vaishali Bhardwaj
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Former Chelsea player-manager Ruud Gullit says he would choose Eden Hazard over N'Golo Kante if he had to pick just one of the players for his team because of the Belgian's ability to put in match-winning performances.

Both Hazard and Kante have impressed for Antonio Conte's league leaders this season, with the former having netted 11 goals and created four others while the latter's solid performances in the middle of the park have helped ease the load on Chelsea's defence while creating attacks for the likes of Diego Costa.

Both are now in contention to win the PFA Player of the Year award - a gong that Hazard picked up two years ago - alongside the likes of Costa, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, Tottenham's Harry Kane and Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Gullit, though, thinks it should be Hazard who secures the accolade this season because of the way he has managed to make a vital difference to many of Chelsea's matches from his position on the left wing.

Writing in a piece about who should win the PFA Player of the Year award for BBC Sport, Gullit said: "Hazard would get my vote, because he has been extremely important for lots of Chelsea's victories.

"Kante has played a big part as well, of course, but if I was manager and had to choose one of them to be in my team, I would take Hazard.

"They are both unbelievably good at the jobs they do but I like the style of Hazard, he is an exciting player.

"After a very difficult season with Chelsea, when he was accused of being one of the instigators of Jose Mourinho's departure as manager, he has bounced back very well."

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