CROOKS BELIEVES HAZARD IS EVEN MORE DANGEROUS THAN BEFORE

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BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks is wary of the threat of Chelsea star Eden Hazard, in the wake of the Belgian’s impressive performance in the Blues’ 4-0 win over West Brom.

Hazard started the season slowly due to injury, but has now picked up form, and Crooks think he’s even better than last season.

“Eden Hazard was electric throughout this encounter,” Crooks explained to BBC Sport.

“I never saw Hazard as a second striker but that is the way he is playing at the moment. I do not think he has ever looked so dangerous.

“He is certainly looking extremely effective alongside Alvaro Morata. I saw the beginnings of this partnership against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge recently but did not make too much of it as I thought it just happened by stealth.

“However, having seen it again against West Brom, I am beginning to take the view that both players are looking for each other quite openly.

“I have already remarked this season about the impact on Chelsea losing a player like Diego Costa.

“However, manager Antonio Conte may have been forced to find a new system to accommodate Morata and found two strikers at the expense of one. It looks like it is working.”

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