Paul Ince is not a man who’s afraid to speak his mind, hence why BT Sport have employed him as one of their pundits for their new Saturday afternoon programme ’Score’.
The former England captain, who spent time with both Manchester United and Liverpool during his playing career, was providing live updates on Chelsea’s match with Burnley when he named one of the players as the best in the Premier League.
Yep, even better than the likes of Sergio Aguero, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba.
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Ince was, of course, referring to Eden Hazard.
The Belgium international, whose form nose-dived after winning the PFA Player of the Year award at the end of the 2014-15 campaign, appears to be back to his brilliant best and was in scintillating form against Sean Dyche’s side at Stamford Bridge.
It took Hazard until April to score his first Premier League goals of the 2015-16 season. But he already has two goals to his name this term, with just three matches played.
Ince: Hazard is better than Aguero
Speaking while the match was being played, Ince said: "I actually think, you know we all talk about Manchester United, Manchester City, I'm telling you now if Hazard plays like that, he's the best player in the Premier League.
"If you’ve got the best player in the Premier League, you’ve got a chance to win the Premier League."
Chris Sutton, another former pro not afraid to speak his mind, then said: “He’s not better than Aguero.”
Ince replied: “He is. You were always going to say that because you always disagree with me.”
Sutton then said: “I’m just saying he’s not.”
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Hazard certainly isn't far off
However, there is certainly an argument to be made that Hazard is the Premier League’s best player.
While we can’t forget what happened last season, we must also remember what he produced for Chelsea during the 2014-15 campaign.
Hazard scored 14 goals and provided 10 assists as the Blues were crowned Premier League champions for the first time since 2010.
He also put up exactly the same numbers - in terms of goals and assists - during the season prior to that.
Last season, however, the 25-year-old was dreadful for almost the entire season.
Fortunately, he seems to have rediscovered his form and confidence under Antonio Conte and should be a serious contender for the PFA Player of the Year award again next April.
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