Eden Hazard has been crowned the Premier League’s best player of the month for October.
The Belgium international has returned to form in 2016-17 having looked a shadow of the player who was indisputably the best attacker in the league when Chelsea stormed to the 2014-15 title.
Hazard kicked off October on the periphery of the Blues’ 2-0 victory over Hull City – the first game in a string of five consecutive victories and clean sheets.
He took centre stage in the following clash against reigning champions Leicester City, who were trampled 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on October 15. Hazard whipped the corner in for the opener and scored the second goal.
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Hazard’s greatest moment of the month came against Manchester United, whom they thrashed 4-0 thanks to a stellar performance from the Belgian wing wizard.
The 25-year-old rounded off October with another goal as they defeated Southampton 2-0 at St Mary’s.
Antonio Conte was also rewarded on Friday for Chelsea’s resurgence last month with the manager of the month award.
Chelsea was turned over by Arsenal at the end of September in a 3-0 defeat that suggested they might not be up to the task of challenging for the title.
But the Blues are now placed second in the Premier League after 11 games and return from the international break with a visit to Middlesbrough, who have held Manchester City and Arsenal to draws in the last month.