Tony Gale: Why Chelsea should play Eden Hazard in the centre

Eden Hazard would perform better for Chelsea centrally behind the striker, says Tony Gale

Eden Hazard would be even more effective for Chelsea playing just behind the striker, according to Tony Gale.

The Belgian playmaker has been one of the Premier League’s standout performers and scored the vital winner as the Blues sealed a 1-0 win over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Hazard has been a key man for Chelsea playing in the left wing and has scored 18 goals in all competitions for Jose Mourinho’s men this term.

However, former West Ham United man Gale feels that the 24-year-old would be more effective playing just behind the striker for the west London club.

Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ, Gale said: “I think he’s been excellent. He’s had consistency of the highest order and Mourinho has got a good work rate out of him.

“He doesn’t like doing the tracking back but he has been doing it, and I still don’t think he’s in his best position.

“I think his best position will be just behind the striker and maybe if Chelsea play a 4-2-3-1 then he can be that one in behind.

“He’d be even better then but the way Mourinho plays, he wants it to be a little bit tighter and that’s why he plays on the left.”

Hazard was last week nominated for the PFA player of the year award after a sparkling season for Chelsea and helping them win the League Cup.

The former Lille midfielder will be expecting to feature when the Blues travel to Arsenal in their next Premier League game on Sunday.

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