JAMIE CARRAGHER is a big fan of Chelsea ace N’Golo Kante.
But it seems he likes his Stamford Bridge team-mate Eden Hazard even more.
The duo have both played key roles in the Blues’ Premier League title success.
And achieving glory this year makes Kante the first man to do so back-to-to back with different clubs.
Carragher reckoned the France midfielder was the league’s top performer with Leicester last term.
However, he’s now explained why he feels Hazard has been more important for his team this time around.
Carragher told the Daily Mail: “I picked out Kante as my player of 2016 for all he did in helping Leicester win the title, but this season I went for Eden Hazard.
“It’s perhaps a 50-50 call over who has had the biggest influence for Chelsea, but I just about favour Hazard.
“Why? I feel you should always look to a player who can score goals and get you on the edge of your seat. The Belgium forward has done that consistently.
“After 12 months in the doldrums, he’s been back to his brilliant best.”
About Kante he said: “Chelsea’s little general was named the Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year to complete an astonishing 12 months for the France midfielder.
“He was also crowned the season’s best performer by the PFA.
“Essentially, Kante is in the Chelsea team to seek and destroy, but there is so much more to his game than that, as he showed with his performance and goal against Manchester United in their FA Cup quarter-final.”