Craig Bellamy sends warning to Chelsea’s title rivals about Eden Hazard
The former Liverpool legend warns Chelsea's title rivals that Eden Hazard is up and running for the season
Craig Bellamy has warned Chelsea’s title rivals that Eden Hazard is up and running for the 2017-18 season.
The Belgium international made a slow start to the current campaign after he missed the opening weeks due to his rehabilitation from an ankle problem.
However, Hazard scored his first Premier League goal in October to secure a 1-0 win at Bournemouth before he scored twice in a 3-3 draw with AS Roma.
The 2015 PFA player of the year netted twice in a 4-0 win at West Brom last weekend, while he also teed up Alvaro Morata for a goal.
Hazard scored 16 times to help Antonio Conte win the Premier League title in his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge.
And former Manchester City striker Bellamy has warned Chelsea’s title rivals that Hazard looks to be in excellent form.
“He’s just got fit,” Bellamy told Sky Sports.
“He didn’t have a pre-season. He is up and running now. He looks like the Hazard we all know.”
Hazard has won two Premier League titles during his five-season stay at Stamford Bridge.
The Belgian forward scored 14 times in 38 games during Chelsea’s title-winning season under Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea signed the playmaker in a big-money deal from Ligue 1 side Lille in the 2012 summer transfer window.