The nominations for PFA Player of the Year were announced last week.
Chelsea's N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard head the shortlist, with Everton's Romelu Lukaku, Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez, Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Manchester United maverick Zlatan Ibrahimovic making up the shortlist.
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Although Hazard has stolen the headlines this season with his dazzling skills and crucial goals, it is Kante who has been key to Chelsea's revival after last season's disastrous 10th-place finish.
Snapped up from champions Leicester for a modern-day bargain of £32m, Kante has been outstanding this season to put him on the brink of becoming the first player to win back-to-back Premier League titles with different clubs.
Kante earned plaudits during his only season at Leicester for his ability to consistently rob the opposition of possession and offload the ball to his team-mates who were more expressive on the ball.
However, this season Kante has added so much more to his game, whilst maintaining his crucial ability to break up the opposition's play.
He has improved his skill with the ball, often carrying the ball before unleashing a pass. His passing ability too has gone on leaps and bounds this season, as his assist for Eden Hazard last Saturday against Bournemouth showed.
Hazard himself has said that playing with Kante is like "playing with twins", he told the MailOnline (via Bleacher Report): "I don't need to speak about N'Golo, everyone knows about him. He's everywhere. I think sometimes when I'm on the pitch I see him twice.
"One on the left, one on the right. I think I'm playing with twins! He's a fantastic player and helps the team a lot so we are happy to have him in the team."
As Chelsea close in on their second Premier League title in three seasons, the form of players such as Hazard, David Luiz, Victor Moses and Diego Costa have proved pivotal in their success.
Yet Kante's constant presence in the side is the major factor in their march to the title, and an award for PFA Player of the Year would be no less than the humble Frenchman deserves.