Every Premier League title winning side needs their driving force, their one single entity whom, through their talisman-like performances, continually pushes the team towards championship glory.
Last season, it was Robin Van Persie for Manchester United, whose 26 goals fired the Old Trafford side to their 13th Premier League coronation. And at Stamford Bridge this season, that man looks set to be Eden Hazard – a player whose name alone suggests a perfect equilibrium between enticing danger and divine beauty.
The Belgium international gave glimpses of what he’s capable of last term, racking up nine goals and 11 assists in 34 appearances. But this year, he’s really come into his own, claiming 12 goals and five assists in 25 starts to make him the club’s top scorer.
More than anything else however, it’s the 23 year-old’s ability to manoeuvre on the ball and drive play up the pitch that makes him such a pivotal influence in the Chelsea game-plan. He’s averaged 3.8 successful dribbles per match this term, the highest rate in the entire of the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho has claimed Hazard could one day parallel the quality of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Whether the Chelsea star has that potential remains to be seen, but the first step in the process will undoubtedly be to lead the Blues to a Premier League title this season.