Pundit: Eden Hazard’s Chelsea form is both remarkable and troubling
Garth Crooks admits that he has been very impressed by Eden Hazard's performances for Chelsea this term
Garth Crooks has admitted that he is finding Eden Hazard’s form for Chelsea this season both “remarkable” and “troubling”.
The Belgian playmaker has been in fine form for Antonio Conte’s men so far this season and has been a key figure in helping Chelsea build a six-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.
Indeed, Hazard is showing the kind of form which earned him the PFA player of the year award in the 2014-15 season.
The 25-year-old was deployed up front as a striker by Conte for Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Boxing Day in the absence of the suspended Diego Costa.
And Crooks has been hugely impressed by what he has seen from Hazard so far this season for Chelsea.
Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Crooks said: “In the absence of Diego Costa you might have thought that other strikers like Michy Batshuayi might have been given a game.
“But if you are Antonio Conte and you understand the mentality of your players and garner respect from your players you can get them to do almost anything.
“Eden Hazard seems to be in a place where if Conte were to ask the player to play in goal the answer would probably be ‘yes boss’. Conte appears to have total control over his players at this moment.
“To see Hazard play up front as the lone striker was quite remarkable. However what was even more troubling was the way the Belgium international did it with so much ease. Someone better tell Alan Shearer we have found another world-class player in the Premier League!”
Hazard will be expecting to feature for Chelsea when the Blues return to Premier League action on Saturday with a home clash against Stoke.