Gary Neville: This is what frustrates me about Chelsea forward Eden Hazard

Gary Neville accuses Chelsea forward Eden Hazard of arrogance

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Gary Neville says Eden Hazard can’t afford to drift in games if the Chelsea midfielder wants to be considered a world-class player.

The Belgium international was impressive in the first half of the west London side’s opening Premier League game against West Ham United on Monday night.

He is a world-class player but the mentality for a world-class player means that you go for it all the time

Gary Neville

Hazard made the breakthrough at Stamford Bridge from the penalty spot in the 47th minute before Diego Costa’s sealed a 2-1 victory after James Collins’s equaliser.

The 2015 PFA player of the year scored four times in 31 Premier League appearances last term in what was a disappointing 2015/16 Premier League campaign.

Former Manchester United defender Neville accused Hazard of arrogance in his analysis of the Belgian’s performance in Monday night’s Premier League opener.

“He was the best player on the pitch, but we’ve seen it before with him over the last few years,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“When he gets confident in a game and gets it by the scruff of the neck, he’s got to go for the kill – but he doesn’t, he steps off. There were 54 minutes on the clock and he went into walking mode, standing still and walking, showing ‘I’m the boss, I’m arrogant’.

“I wasn’t surprised when Conte took him off. He went into drifting mode, he stopped being positive and stopped being direct from the edge of the box. He cannot do that. He is a world-class player but the mentality for a world-class player means that you go for it all the time. That frustrated me.”

Hazard netted 14 times in 38 Premier League games as Chelsea won the Premier League title under Jose Mourinho in 2015.

Chelsea are in third place behind title rivals Liverpool and Manchester United after Monday night’s 2-1 victory over West Ham.

MORE: The latest Chelsea news and views

MORE: The latest Chelsea player tweets

The Blues will make the short trip to Watford in their next Premier League game at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon.

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
Shanghai Masters 2017: Rampant Roger Federer downs Rafael Nadal for 94th career title
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Joey Barton predicts where Chelsea will finish this season
The Sport Review
Arsenal make final decision about Mesut Ozil’s future – report
The Sport Review
Length of Chelsea star Victor Moses’ injury lay-off confirmed – report