Garth Crooks issues Chelsea transfer warning over Eden Hazard

Garth Crooks singles out Chelsea forward Eden Hazard for special praise

Garth Crooks believes Chelsea will still struggle to keep hold of Eden Hazard despite the Blues midfielder’s disappointing Premier League campaign.

The Belgium international ended his long wait to score his first league goal of the season after the 25-year-old netted twice in Chelsea’s 4-1 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.

Hazard was named the PFA player of the year last season after he scored 14 times in 38 Premier League games to fire Jose Mourinho’s side to the top-flight crown.

However, the former Lille man took 27 Premier League games to open his top-flight account before Hazard scored either side of half-time at the Vitality Stadium.

Former Tottenham forward Crooks questioned where Hazard’s scintillating performances were under Mourinho following the Belgian’s outstanding contribution on Saturday afternoon.

“Well, it’s nice to see Eden Hazard has finally turned up this season,” Crooks told BBC Sport.

“The lean, mean Belgium international looked a world away from the player I saw fail to perform against Paris St-Germain in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge. That evening he looked disinterested, out of form and out of shape.

“Against Bournemouth, Hazard looked like the man Jose Mourinho said was the best young player in the world. The issue for Chelsea now is: can they keep the wolves from the door and retain Hazard’s services?”

Hazard has been heavily linked with a move to cash-rich Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain in recent months.

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Chelsea ended a two-game losing run with a 4-1 victory over the Cherries in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

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