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PFA Player of the Year Kante, Hazard lead 6-man shortlist

Hazard and Kante have been the most influential players for Chelsea who have a seven-point lead on top of the Premier League table.

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Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard does a run for it during the match against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in London on April 5, 2017 play Eden Hazard (AFP)

Chelsea players Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante lead a six-man shortlist for the Professional Footballers’ Association Player (PFA) of the Year award.

N'Golo Kante play N’Golo Kante (AFP/File)

 

Hazard and Kante have been the most influential players for Chelsea who have a seven-point lead on top of the Premier League table.

Romelu Lukaku play Romelu Lukaku (PA)

 

Other stars on the shortlist include Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane of Tottenham.

Alexis Sanchez play Alexis Sanchez (EPA)

 

Having picked up the award in 2015 after helping Chelsea to the Premier League title, Hazard is favourite for the award.

Kante’s performances for Chelsea this season have also been praised by critics.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic play Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AFP)

 

Lukaku is currently the highest goalscorer in the league with 23 goals while Ibrahimovic has 17 goals.

Sanchez has been the only bright spot for Arsenal this season with 18 goals while Kane has 19.

Dele Alli play Dele Alli (AFP)

 

Kane and Lukaku are also on the shortlist for the Young Player of the Year award.

Other nominated stars include Dele Alli of Tottenham, Burnley defender Michael Keane, Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and Manchester City winger Leroy Sane.

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