Man United legend questions Chelsea star Eden Hazard’s hunger
Paul Scholes says Chelsea forward Eden Hazard needs to be more relentless in his pursuit of goals
Paul Scholes has questioned whether Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has the same appetite to score goals as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Blues forward has scored 13 goals in 31 Premier League games this season, including the winner in a 1-0 victory over Manchester United last weekend.
If he wishes to challenge the achievements of Messi and Ronaldo then he will have to prove that he can match their relentless desire to score goals
Hazard is the leading contender to win the PFA player and young player of the year awards after an influential season in Jose Mourinho’s side.
However, former United midfielder Scholes believes the Belgium international needs to become more relentless if the forward wants to contend with the Barcelona and Real Madrid stars.
“One thing I do wonder with Hazard is whether he has that hunger to score goals that you see in Ronaldo, Messi and [Luis] Suarez,” Scholes wrote in The Independent.
“Those are players who have a ferocious appetite to put the ball in the net. They’re unstoppable. Hazard seems to me to be a relatively gentle soul. One who is just as happy skipping past a couple of opponents and putting it on a plate for a teammate.
“He does that very well, and I have no doubt he will deserve his accolade at the PFA awards. Playing the way he does, under pressure to score goals and make them, is not easy and he has been a big part of Chelsea’s success.
“But in this modern age, if he wishes to challenge the achievements of Messi and Ronaldo then he will have to prove that he can match their relentless desire to score goals.”
Hazard, who moved to Chelsea from Lille in 2012, has made eight assists for his team-mates in the current Premier League campaign.
Chelsea can move 13 points clear of second-placed Arsenal if the Premier League leaders can secure victory at Emirates Stadium.
The Blues were crowned League Cup winners earlier this season after a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.