It’s not every time that you see a player like Eden Hazard perform below his usual level. As a matter of fact, the last time the Belgian playmaker was poor on the pitch for a long stretch was during the very forgettable 2014/15 season, and even then, a recurring injury problem could be blamed. He was soon back to his dangerous best once he was fit again.
The 2017/18 season has been pretty decent for Hazard. He started out playing very well, even though he didn’t quite start with his peers, having undergone surgery at the end of last season. But once he started playing again, he found his rhythm, and the team became better for it. Eden Hazard has scored and created some wonderful goals this term. His early season form saw him score in pretty much every game.
Particularly interesting was the partnership he seemed to strike up with striker, Alvaro Morata. The two of them were a pleasure to watch in the earlier stages of the season. Their combined efforts earned us a win against Atletico Madrid in the group stages of the Champions League. But months down the line, everything seems to have changed. It would appear that Hazard has been struggling of late, especially since he was deployed as a false nine in recent games. Unlike him, he rarely does exciting things with the ball. He was our main man for such a long time, but these days, the title seems to have shifted to Willian.
What has happened to Hazard is nothing new; of course, even the best in the world suffer a dip in form. Ronaldo and Messi have had to struggle at some point. The difference between the best and the average player is that the best always bounce back no matter what. I am confident that Hazard will return to tormenting defences in the near future. It is only a matter of time before that happens. But while we await his return to form, our love and support for him must continue.