Since he joined from Lille in 2012, Eden Hazard has perhaps been our most influential player. And in England, he has been amongst the very best. In fact, I feel like he was very unlucky to lose out on the ‘Player of the Season’ award last term. He is just too good to not be appreciated.
The only season that has seen him below his top self is the 2015/16 season, and he was mostly injured at the time. But somehow, he managed to finish the season on a high. That man of the match performance against Tottenham will always be remembered by a lot of us.
The amount of excellence Eden Hazard brings to Chelsea is quite too obvious to be ignored. On Saturday, he put up one of his bests yet in Chelsea colors against Newcastle United. His 9 attempts (6 on target) at goal against them is the most by any player in the league this season. Another amazing stat behind his form is that he has averaged a goal almost every 90 minutes, and has been directly involved in one every 83 minutes. To think that he didn’t even start the season with the rest of the team makes this all the more fun.
Reacting to Hazard’s performance against Newcastle on Saturday, pundit, Graeme Souness described it as one of the best he has seen, and called the Belgian “unplayable”. Of course, it isn’t nothing new. Hazard has always been a super talent from his Lille days, as I mentioned before now, but the difference is he seems to be maturing, and getting better with age. In 13 starts this season, he has scored 8 goals across all competitions— probably his best start yet.
With more and more suitors courting his services, we expect the management of Chelsea to do all they can to tie him down to another deal. It doesn’t matter how much he asks for, we must hold on to him if we want to keep fighting for major honors in club football.
I may still be young, but I have to say that I have not seen a player with his level of excellence in England. Hazard is a living legend, and it’s only a matter of time before the international recognitions begin to flow in.