Graeme Le Saux: Why Chelsea should be desperate to keep Eden Hazard

Graeme Le Saux says Eden Hazard can be a special player for Chelsea if he gets into right frame of mind

Chelsea should be desperate to keep Eden Hazard, according to former Blues defender Graeme Le Saux.

The Belgium international has endured a forgettable 2015-16 season like most of his Chelsea team-mates less than eight months after the forward was named the PFA player of the year.

I just think he is a precocious talent and if I was in Guus Hiddink’s shoes every single day I’ve have a meeting with him to make sure he feels wanted

Graeme Le Saux

Hazard’s future has been a source of relentless speculation in recent months, too, amid reported interest from Ligue champions Paris Saint-Germain and La Liga giants Real Madrid.

However, former Chelsea full-back Le Saux believes Hazard will return to his form of last season if Guus Hiddink can get the former Lille man in the right frame of mind.

“If you get him into the same frame of mind he was in last season then he is a special player who can be the difference,” said Le Saux, speaking exclusively to 888poker.com.

“I’ve seen a lot of him this season and he has struggled but it’s not his work-rate that is letting him down or attitude or confidence in making himself available. In front of goal he has hit a wall and can’t score and it’s had an impact on the rest of his game.”

“I just think he is a precocious talent and if I was in Guus Hiddink’s shoes every single day I’ve have a meeting with him to make sure he feels wanted. Not to mollycoddle him but if you can get him to deliver the whole team changes. He’s that important.

“So I would be absolutely desperate to keep hold of him.”

Hazard was a key part of Chelsea’s Premier League triumph last season after he scored 14 goals in 38 top-flight games.

In contrast, the 25-year-old hasn’t score a Premier League goal in 18 top-flight games so far this season.

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Hazard can change that miserable goal record when the Blues make the trip to bitter rivals and Premier League leaders Arsenal on Sunday.

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