Eden hazard is definitely having an excellent season. During Chelsea’s 2014-15 title winning campaign Hazard created fear into Premier League defences. He disappeared in the last season but returned with his playful style across England. He bagged nine goals in 21 Premier League matches and out of which four were from the whole of last season. The statistics show the Belgian’s transformation.
The slender tally of three assists officially attributed him by the Premier League which was pretty surprising. But he has had an enormous impact on the Chelsea team given his involvement in almost every attacking move. His influence cannot be measured by conventional metrics. His tricks for Chelsea to win a game consist of his movement off the ball, little flicks around the corner, one-twos with team members in tough situations and his ability to command the attention of many opponents to free up space for others. These tricks cannot be put on a stat sheet but they are as important as they are unplayable.
But the feeling that there is a lot more to come from Hazard still remains. In his player of the year campaign in 2014-15, he virtually dominated all the 38 games that he had started. He was the crucial component of Chelsea when the team was feasting on their opponents before Christmas. Hazard was also the driving force behind the team’s grind to the title in the New Year.
Although in the final few months at the club, Hazard had eventually fallen out with Jose Mourinho. Mourinho relied upon him more than any other player due to his knack for turning games in Chelsea’s favour.
Hazard has showed some mesmerising performance this season. He helped Antonio Conte with some dizzying attacking play that many of the teams found difficult to live with. But in few games he fell short of the standards he created for himself. But even the greatest football players have seen their off days.
Hazard has not been very effective in the meantime. In the 3-0 win at Leicester he played as a false nine and played an integral role in dismantling the defence of the reigning Premier League Champions. But it all got lost between the less impactful displays at Tottenham in the 2-0 loss and last Saturday’s 2-0 win where there was a lot of jinking and darting runs from him but very little end product.
Hazard will not be staying out of the limelight for too long. The 26 year old has rarely been out of his form in the present times. In the course of his five seasons in the club he had his points of lull but they were all considered as the calm before the storm. He suffered a slight dip at the beginning with no sores at all but then he came back with five nets in his next four games. The next two League fixtures of Chelsea are potentially crucial contests against Arsenal and Liverpool. This is the perfect time for Hazard to show his potentials and get back with his goal scoring groove.