Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink has singled out Eden Hazard for specific praise, claiming that the out-of-form Belgian star is an outstanding player.
The former Lille winger was named as the PFA Player of the Year for 2014-15 and played a sizeable role in the Blues winning a domestic double last term.
However, this season Hazard has struggled to make an impact in an under performing Stamford Bridge side and has been in and out of the starting XI.
Hiddink has replaced the axed Jose Mourinho in the West London club’ s hotseat and has been given the unenviable task of salvaging the side’s campaign.
The experienced Dutch coach has admitted that Hazard is a key man in Chelsea’s proposed march up the table and that he has been very impressed with the Belgian’s attitude so far.
“You could see when he was warming up, looking at me saying, ‘Bring me, bring me (on).’ That is an indication he can get back to the performance levels we are used to,” FourFourTwo quote Hiddink as saying.
“He had a difficult game at Old Trafford, where they were searching for him all over the pitch, but he reacted well. Very strong, his character.
“If he does that he will come back to the levels we are used to – and he is an outstanding player.”
Chelsea travel to take on much-improved London rivals Crystal Palace later today at Selhurst Park.