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It won’t be an overstatement to say that Eden Hazard has been the most talked about player since last weekend.

The Chelsea star was in superb form last week and scored a hat-trick as Chelsea defeated Cardiff City 4-1.

Speaking after the game, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was full of praise for Hazard and called him the best in the world.

“I thought he was one of the best players in Europe, but now I change my mind that he is the best,” Sarri said.

Sarri also believes Hazard can go on and score 40 goals this season and has urged the Belgian to score more goals this season.

Hazard has banged in five goals in five appearances so far this season, and is looking like he will reach his highest scoring form this term.

However, Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson says that it will be difficult for Hazard to score that many goals because his game isn’t based on scoring but assisting others to score.

Asked on Sky Sports if he could score 40 goals, Merson said: “No. He’s not one of them players if I’m being honest. He’s more of a provider than a goalscorer.”

“I think he gets as much enjoyment out of setting people up than scoring goals, do you know what I mean? Forty is a big ask.

“I know (Mohamed) Salah did it but to do that, that’s some going.

“I think they’ve just got to keep him fit. If they keep him fit, he’s unplayable.”

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