Since the start of the Premier League campaign Eden Hazard has been without doubt the player that’s impressed me the most. The 21 year old is genuinely the best talent I’ve seen in England since Cristiano Ronaldo left for Spain.
The young playmaker was once again the standout player for the Blues as he orchestrated a comfortable victory over Newcastle at Stamford Bridge. He was in high demand over the summer transfer period and after 3 games it’s already clear to see why.
Hazard opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 22nd minute before brilliantly assisting Torres for the second goal in first half stoppage time.
The victory saw Chelsea maintain their perfect start to the season, as they return to the top of the Premier League table.
Roberto di Matteo’s men have now scored 8 goals in total. In 7 of these, Eden Hazard has been directly involved. This statistic is a clear indication of the instant impact he’s had on the team.
Chelsea now seem to base their tactics around the attacking midfielder. His agility and skill enables the 21 year old to catalyse Chelsea’s every move in the oppositions half.
At such a young age, he already displays maturity and composure on the ball, something you’d expect from an experienced international. It’s already obvious why Hazard won the Ligue 1 player of the season award two years running. He really is a touch of class.
Last season for Lille, Hazard scored 20 league goals and contributed 16 assists. In my opinion, he’ll easily match this record in 2012/13 if he continues to perform in the style we’ve already witnessed.
When the 21 year old initially signed for Chelsea, I wrote an article explaining why he’d be such a great success in England. I’m glad he’s proven me correct. Di Matteo has already compared Hazard to Zola.
“Gianfranco was a wonderful talent, an artist I would say — Eden might become an artist as well,” he said
I look forward to seeing what else Chelsea and Hazard have in store for us this season. One thing’s for certain, they’ve become a very attractive side to watch since the start of the summer transfer window.
If you wish to read my previous post Why Eden Hazard will be a success at Chelsea, it can be found here.