David James lays into Eden Hazard after Chelsea’s draw with Watford
David James has not been impressed by Eden Hazard's recent form for Chelsea...
David James felt that Eden Hazard’s substitute appearance during Chelsea’s goalless draw with Watford left a lot to be desired.
The Belgian playmaker, like many of his team-mates, has struggled to produce consistent performances all season for the Blues.
The 25-year-old, after scoring his first goal of the season from the penalty spot during Chelsea’s 5-1 FA Cup win at MK Dons at the weekend, came on for the final 17 minutes of Wednesday’s Premier League clash.
But former England goalkeeper James was not at all impressed by the PFA player of the year’s short performance.
Speaking on BT Sport after the final whistle, James said: “We look at Hazard from last season and how unbelievably well he played but he hasn’t done it this season – and with [Guus] Hiddink he hasn’t done it again. I’m not seeing it.
“He came on today – and especially after his first goal [of the season] at the weekend, albeit against MK Dons – and you’re expecting him to completely change the game. He didn’t.”
James went on to discuss Chelsea current form since Guus Hiddink was appointed as interim boss until the end of the season back in December.
He continued: “What I’m seeing is what you would expect a team nearer the bottom of the league would do if a new manager came in, just ‘let’s keep it tight’.
“I’m not seeing this expansive super-duper football which was alluded to in the build-up.”
Chelsea’s next game is a home clash with Manchester United in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.