Eden Hazard by Eugene O’Brien Apr17

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Eden Hazard by Eugene O’Brien

 

Chelsea FC was in need of a world class player on the wing last summer and they got one and more in Eden Hazard. The Belgian International signed from French side Lille in the summer of 2012.

This lad was signed from the French side for £32 million and, though still only 21 years of age, has been showing immense quality so far this season. In his first four matches for the Blues, he won four Man of the Match awards. So far this season, he has 12 goals and 19 assists in all competitions.

His goals this season have been out of the top drawer, showing skill and technique. The most amazing goals of all that he has scored have all been with his left foot – these include goals versus Stoke, Steaua Bucharest, (in the Europa League) and West Ham. The funny thing is that he says he doesn’t even practice with his left foot. Even so he has scored some amazing rocket shots into the roof of the net.

Being one of the “Three Amigos” which the commentators of Sky Sports have called the trio of Chelsea playmakers Hazard, Mata, and Oscar, has really brought out the best of Eden Hazard. Playing in a 4 – 2 – 3 – 1 formation suits his style and already I can see Eden Hazard become one of the best players in the world.

Hazard could quite literally be anything he wants to be in football. He could become the world’s best: he is that good. He has the world at his feet and has become an integral part of Chelsea’s makeup. He has the ability to produce a moment of magic that baffles a defender, a touch that leaves opposing players for dead, a turn that does the same or a pass from nowhere that is totally unexpected; Hazard makes it all look easy.

His versatility in playing anywhere behind strikers like Torres or Ba has received much praise. There are constant comparisons to both Messi and Ronaldo. Hazard can easily play as a left winger, a right winger and also as an attacking midfielder. He also played as a false No.9 for Chelsea in a game too. But mostly, he has been playing as a left winger and it is in this position he has provided most of his 16 assists this season.

Though Hazard may not win even one trophy this season, he is definitely heading in the right direction. With consistent and superb performances for Chelsea, Hazard has also cemented his place in the Belgium National team. With the likes of Lukaku, de Bruyne and Courtois set to join him next season in Chelsea, Hazard will also have enough of his countrymen to keep him happy in London.

Overall, on a scale of 10, Hazard gets an 8.5 for his performances at Chelsea so far.