Eden Hazard’s record at Chelsea is certainly impressive.
Last season he was named their Player of the Year, as well as being named the PFA Young Player of the Year, and included in the team of the Year. He is a vital member of Jose Mourinho’s squad, starting all 29 games of the Premier League thus far.
But is he their most important player?
Hazard joined Chelsea in 2012 and has become a key part of their starting line-ups ever since. In the 2013/14 season, Hazard featured in 35 league games and scored 14 times. Unsurprisingly, Jose Mourinho called him the best young footballers in the world.
He was named amongst the top attacking midfielders in the Premier League. It is clear he is one player who did not suffer from ‘second season syndrome’. If anything, he built on the foundations he laid the year before and he’s done so again this season.
In 2014/15, Hazard has featured in all 29 league games. Jose does not rotate his squad often – and when he does, it is not a complete overhaul of the 11 – so this shows how important Hazard is to the Chelsea side.
He has 11 goals to his name, with a conversion rate of 26.2%. His passing accuracy is over 87%, and he has won more fouls than any other Chelsea player. He has been listed as the best midfielder in the world, joint with Mesut Ozil. And when it comes to taking penalties, look no further than Hazard.
Not bad for a 24-year-old.
In February, Hazard signed a long-term contract with Chelsea. He stated his joy at staying with the Blues, playing for ‘one of the biggest clubs in the world’. Since signing this deal he has scored three times: against West Ham (the winner), Paris Saint Germain and Hull City.
Eden Hazard could walk into any team in the Premier League. His work rate is outstanding, and he scores plenty of goals; especially when his team need them most.
His passing is of such a high standard and it’s no surprise he is one of the best midfielders in the world – not just the Premier League. He is their most important player and he makes it look so easy on the pitch.
Jose knows a world class player when he sees one, which is exactly what he has in Hazard.