Eden Hazard …….From Hero to Zero…
By Olabode aderemi Temitayo
The fall of Eden Hazard
It surprising to say that the same Eden hazard who was the best player in the best league in the world few months ago is nowhere to be found this season. The Chelsea star was double Player of the Year last season as he led the Blues to the title – and Jose Mourinho claimed he had the talent to be as good as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
But the Belgian has yet to score a Premier League goal in this injury-hit campaign – and still did not fit to feature for Chelsea Saturday’s loss against Manchester City.
As his statistics reflect, he only scored two goals in his Chelsea 38 appearances with both goals coming from FA cup competition against a lower league MK dons side and a youth-filled. Though his perfect record for Belgium national team suggest otherwise as he has four goals in four appearance where they won all the games he featured in.
To make matter worse, Eden Hazard was heavily criticised by the current interim Chelsea boss Gus Hiddink after their disgraceful defeat to Man city, despite the fact the he play no part in the match as he watched from the stand.
Hiddink, the veteran former coach of PSV Eindhoven, Real Madrid and the Netherlands, said: “I have seen this before, yes, but not so drastically because he was the No 1 and now he is at the end of a long row of players. That is difficult.”
“Last year everything was beautiful and this year everything for him is dark. The contrast is huge. Normally you have your beautiful season as he had last season and then of course it is difficult to get a second season like that but not that drastically from what he is experiencing now. I think he has a difficult time.
“There are of course worries if you are the most valuable and best player and then later you are hardly playing.”
“It is difficult to make a harsh judgement on that in terms of commitment. The next period will be very interesting for him, not just now but the Euros. Will he be at Chelsea next season? He has a contract for more years, what can I say? I think that’s something for the upcoming management.”
Hazard Current form
On top of that, his on-pitch demeanour has belied a player who very much looked to have given up at Stamford Bridge. His drop in form has synced effortlessly with Chelsea’s drop from Premier League champions to a side that was perilously close to the relegation zone around Christmas time.
Of course, as the old saying goes, form is supposedly temporary, while class permanent.
Fans might argue that point given the change in fortunes suffered by the likes of Fernando Torres and Radamel Falcao – who coincidentally both did/have endured struggles as Chelsea players, but it’s safe to assume Hazard’s loss of form is merely a blip in what has otherwise been a thus far stellar career.
Despite Hazard struggle this season, I don’t see him quitting Chelsea for greener pasture with Real Madrid and PSG courting him all the time, to further dismiss his exit talk, a news emerge online recently about him alleged meeting with the new incoming boss Antonio Conte. It was reported that he met with Eden Hazard to discuss the Belgian international’s future and expects him to now stay at Stamford Bridge. In the rumoured meeting, Conte is believed to have outlined how Hazard will fit into his Chelsea squad next season. The winger, in turn, now privately is of the belief that he will continue with the Blues.
That may come as a relative surprise to some, particularly given how poorly Hazard has fared with Chelsea this year.
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By Olabode Aderemi