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Willian deserves to win Chelsea Player of the Year, claims Cesc Fabregas

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In the previous two seasons, Eden Hazard has won Chelsea’s Player of the Year but the Belgian certainly won’t be collecting any accolades at the club's award ceremony this time around.

Remarkably, the Belgian is yet to score a Premier League goal as the Blues have suffered a disappointing campaign.

Under Jose Mourinho, the champions flirted with relegation before the Portuguese boss was sacked in December. The west London club have improved under Guus Hiddink but still find themselves in tenth - and are closer to the relegation zone than the top four in terms of points.

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So, who deserves to be voted the club’s Player of the Year after such an underwhelming campaign?

Cesc Fabregas thinks he knows.

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Fabregas' Player of the Year

“I believe Willian has been the most consistent,” he told Monday Night Football.

"Zouma has had a good season until he was injured but I believe Willian has been top all season.”

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It’s hard to disagree with Fabregas in truth. The Brazilian has been consistent throughout the campaign, playing in 29 of Chelsea’s 33 Premier League matches.

However, the midfielder has only scored four league goals for the Stamford Bridge club - compared to Hazard’s 14 which saw him land the accolade 12 months ago.

No Chelsea player in Team of the Year

Despite Fabregas insisting that Wilian has been ‘top all season,’ he didn’t name him in the PFA Team of the Year. Last year, six Chelsea players were named in the Team of the Year with Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Diego Costa and Hazard all being recognised for their impressive seasons.

But the former Barcelona and Arsenal ace admitted “We have to be honest – none of us deserve to be there,” when revealing his side for this season.

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Fabregas, himself, struggled in the earlier part of campaign but his form has dramatically improved under Hiddink. However, his four assists in the league are a long way off his tally of 18 during the previous campaign - a tally which surely should have seen him named in the Team of the Year.

Mourinho's downfall

The Spaniard also alluded to Mourinho’s sacking, claiming that his downfall was the fact he trusted his players too much.

"The biggest problem was he trusted us too much, gave us more holiday because we were champions and we let him down,” he said.

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"That was the main reason he had to go - and for that, myself and the team feel bad."

Conte's arrival

Fabregas has now played Premier League football for ten seasons for both Arsenal and Chelsea with his only title triumph coming last year. 

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However, his Chelsea side could be galvanised by incoming manager Antonio Conte as they aim to challenge for Premier League glory once again next term.

Fabregas will certainly be hoping that picking Chelsea’s Player of the Year next season is a far tougher task.

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Chelsea
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Willian
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Eden Hazard
Francesc Fabregas

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