Gary Neville: These are my doubts about Chelsea star Eden Hazard
The former Manchester United defender questions whether Chelsea's Eden Hazard is too selfish to become a world-class player
Gary Neville admits he still has doubts about whether Chelsea forward Eden Hazard will blossom into a genuine world-class player.
The Belgium international has been one of the driving forces behind Chelsea’s title bid in the 2016-17 season after a return of 14 goals in 30 games in the Premier League.
Hazard, though, was unable to inspire Chelsea to a vital win at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon after Manchester United eased to a 2-0 win against the leaders.
Tottenham Hotspur have moved to within four points of Chelsea with six games to go in the title race as the Blues look to win a second top-flight crown in three seasons.
The 26-year-old attacking midfielder has been heavily linked with a big-money move to La Liga giants Real Madrid in the summer transfer window.
Former Manchester United defender Neville still isn’t convinced about Hazard’s stature as a so-called world-class player following his performance at Old Trafford.
“I’ve got loads of time for him, a great player,” Neville told Monday Night Football.
“I always think that maybe he needs to go that step further. Is he a little bit timid to be what would be a real selfish and horrible best player in the world?
“A Cristiano or Messi type that really has that drive and determination. Against Manchester United I thought he accepted things too easily. He made it easy for Ander Herrera far too often.”
Hazard scored 14 times in 38 games in the Premier League when Chelsea won the title in 2014.