Martin Keown delivers verdict on Chelsea’s Eden Hazard
Martin Keown assesses Eden Hazard's struggles for Chelsea this season
Martin Keown believes that Eden Hazard’s struggles this season have largely been down to his injury problems.
The Belgian playmaker has been far from his best this term after his sparkling displays helped to inspire Chelsea to a Premier League and League Cup double last season.
The 25-year-old was substituted with a suspected hip injury in the second half of Chelsea’s 2-1 Champions League loss to Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
Hazard is yet to score in the Premier League for Chelsea this season after struggling to produce consistent performances.
Former Arsenal defender Keown feels that Hazard has been hampered by injuries this season but also says that he wasn’t helped by Jose Mourinho’s approach to coaching him earlier in the campaign.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Keown said: “I think Hazard has been hampered by an injury this season but his performances are damaging his reputation.
“There’s no questioning he has been well off his best and to a lot of people it just looks like he’s not trying. I know what that feels like, playing with a niggling injury, but you can’t let it affect you so much.
“As soon as Jose Mourinho arrived at Chelsea he was trying to get into Hazard’s head. It didn’t work in the first season but in the second it clicked perfectly and they won the league.
“Obviously Hazard is somebody you have to work with a lot to get the best out of but at the start of this season he had clearly just switched off from Mourinho.
“It became obvious that Mourinho didn’t trust Hazard but I think if you can’t trust your players then there’s nothing left.”
Hazard will be hoping to shake off his latest injury worry in time to be ready for Chelsea’s trip to Everton in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.