GER­RARD: I’VE LOST THE BUZZ

Midweek Sport - - BOOKIE BASHER -

The gar­den of Eden is bloom­ing and that is of­fi­cial, twice.

Chelsea mid­fielder Eden Haz­ard has been voted the 2015 Foot­baller of the Year by the Foot­ball Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

It fol­lows the same ac­co­lade from his fel­low stars at the Pro­fes­sional Foot­ballers Awards cer­e­mony.

It would be hard to ar­gue with ei­ther ver­dict for a guy whose speed, agility, pass­ing prow­ess and goalscor­ing abil­ity has lit up the 20142015 cam­paign.

The Bel­gium in­ter­na­tional came out first in the poll of 300-plus jour­nal­ists with 53 per cent of the vote, well ahead of Tot­ten­ham striker Harry Kane, who has en­joyed a stel­lar first top-flight sea­son, with Haz­ard’s Chelsea team-mate and cap­tain John Terry third.

The 24-year-old play­maker has scored 20 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions so far this sea­son and cre­ated many more as Jose Mour­inho’s side se­cured a first Bar­clays Pre­mier League ti­tle since 2009-2010.

Haz­ard will be hon­oured with the pres­ti­gious FWA ac­co­lade, which has been run­ning since 1948, at a gala din­ner in Lon­don on May 21.

FWA chair­man Andy Dunn said: “The list of truly world class play­ers on the Foot­ball Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion roll of hon­our is a long one and Eden Haz­ard is a wor­thy ad­di­tion.

“A cre­ator, a goalscorer and the hard­est of work­ers, Haz­ard has been a con­stant source of threat for the Bar­clays Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons.

“But it is not just his trick­ery, his pace, his artistry and his marks­man­ship that make Haz­ard such an in­valu­able com­po­nent of Jose Mour­inho’s Chelsea squad, it is his dura­bil­ity.

“Haz­ard has started all 36 Pre­mier League matches and, con­sid­er­ing the par­tic­u­larly close at­ten­tion he re­ceives from op­po­nents, that is a feat in it­self.”

Along­side Haz­ard

and Terry, Chelsea mid­fielder Cesc Fabre­gas, de­fender Branislav Ivanovic and Thibaut Cour­tois also fea­tured in the FWA’s top 10 play­ers of the sea­son.

The other play­ers to win votes were Alexis Sanchez of Ar­se­nal, Manch­ester United keeper David De Gea, Manch­ester City for­ward Ser­gio Aguero and Le­ices­ter vet­eran Este­ban Cam­bi­asso.

For­mer Lille mid­fielder Haz­ard, signed by Chelsea for £32mil­lion in June 2012, was last week also named Player of the Year by the PFA.

By the mod­ern stan­dards of spend­ing that £32m looks a bar­gain now.

But in con­trast

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