Eden Hazard’s 2015/16 has been underwhelming to say the least. Okay, the Chelsea side as a whole, bar Willian, has been disappointing, but the slide of the Belgian attacking midfielder has been extremely worrying. From being PFA Player of the Year for his contributions to the Premier League glory the club tasted last term, there is an argument that Hazard has fallen to the extent that he’s barely worth mentioning in the division’s top 10 ‘No’10s’ this term.
Alas, research from CIES has found that his market worth is still eye-wateringly high at £95.7m, while Manchester United have been linked with a mega money move for his signature. So, Chelsea could sell up, make a tidy profit and bring in one or two top quality players to replace Hazard. Makes sense, right?
Well, the answer is a big, fat no… with the guys at WhoScored having crunched the numbers from across 2015 to reveal that, even taking into account the start of this season, the 24-year-old is still Chelsea’s best player:
1. Eden Hazard – 7.45 (37 apps)
2. Nemanja Matic – 7.25 (36 apps)
3. Pedro – 7.13 (15 apps)
4. Willian – 7.08 (36 apps)
5. Cesc Fabregas – 7.05 (34 apps)
6. Cesar Azpilicueta – 7.04 (32 apps)
7. Branislav Ivanovic – 7.02 (34 apps)
8. Diego Costa – 6.93 (25 apps)
9. Gary Cahill – 6.85 (29 apps)
10. John Terry – 6.78 (33 apps)
An overall rating of 7.45 from 37 appearances is decent to say the least, and keeps him well above rivals such as Pedro, Willian and Oscar.
Oi, Roman Abramovich… it may be worth demonstrating a little patience this time!
The WhoScored Rating is generated using over 200 contextual data points which look at every action taken by the player throughout every appearance he makes in the context of what impact that action had on the game and the proceeding passage of play. The resulting ratings are therefore completely unbiased (ie. not affected by a human applying their subjective opinion), and measure all player performances across the world on the same scale and criteria.