Hazard’s impressive season, that has seen him rack up 13 goals and five assists in the league, has seen him linked with a move to Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, Kante is on course for back-to-back Premier League titles having played a key part of Leicester’s fairytale campaign last season.
And when choosing which player deserves the prestigious accolade, former Arsenal defender Keown reckons Kante’s revolutionary playing style puts him ahead of his Belgian team-mate.
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Asked to pick between Hazard and Kante for Player of the Year, Keown told the Daily Mail: “It depends.
“If you’re looking at sheer brilliance, and a player who is touching the quality of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, then it’s Hazard, because he is magic.
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“But if you want to reward someone who has been the best player for the last two seasons, it is N’Golo Kante.
“He’d be my choice. He’s putting out fires. Kante has revolutionised what we expect from midfield players. Football is a numbers game, and with his mobility, he changes the numbers all over the pitch.
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“He goes out wide, he comes inside – he’s like a human barricade for the defence.
“Kante means you’ve almost got 12 players on the pitch. A lot of teams are now playing with three at the back.
“Antonio Conte has come in and changed things, but his system has been altered by Kante. It used to be Daniele De Rossi that sat deep, but now he uses two.
“It lets Hazard and Pedro provide more flair. A lot will try and copy the system, but without Kante and Nemanja Matic, it’s almost impossible.
“He allows you to be able to play that way. He provides balance in every area. Kante is almost two players in one.”