Antonio Conte told Eden Hazard looks great in new Chelsea role

Garth Crooks believes Chelsea forward Eden Hazard looks very dangerous in his new Blues role

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard Photo: The Sport Review

Eden Hazard was brilliant in his new role as Chelsea’s second striker, Garth Crook says.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte opted to use Hazard in an unfamiliar role alongside summer signing Alvaro Morata at Anfield.

The Belgium international looked to combine with the summer signing and expose Liverpool’s leaky defence last month.

And Hazard helped to create panic amongst Jurgen Klopp’s back four in an advanced role, even though his goal-scoring run came to an abrupt end.

The Belgian forward scored four goals in his last four games to produce his best form of the 2017-18 season ahead of the visit of Newcastle United at the weekend.

And Hazard scored either side of half-time in a 3-1 win over Newcastle United at Stamford Brige.

Former Spurs forward Crooks heaped praise on Hazard for his devatasting performance behind Morata over the past couple of weeks.

“Hazard was brilliant in his new role as the second striker, and with a better touch from Danny Drinkwater the midfielder might have scored his first goal for the Blues,” Crooks told BBC Sport.

Hazard scored 16 goals to help Chelsea win their second Premier League title in three seasons but first under new boss Conte.

The Belgian forward was named the 2015 PFA player of the year after he netted 14 times in the 2014-15 season to help the west London side win the Premier League title.

MORE: Latest Chelsea news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Mark Lawrenson reveals his prediction for Chelsea FC v Man United
Thomas Tuchel
Glen Johnson names the two signings Chelsea FC need to make
Thomas Tuchel
Tony Cascarino raves about Chelsea FC striker Olivier Giroud
Ian Wright
Ian Wright names the signing Man United must make
Mikel Arteta
Mark Lawrenson reveals his prediction for Leicester City v Arsenal
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Mark Lawrenson reveals his prediction for Chelsea FC v Man United
Thomas Tuchel
Glen Johnson names the two signings Chelsea FC need to make
Thomas Tuchel
Tony Cascarino raves about Chelsea FC striker Olivier Giroud
Ian Wright
Ian Wright names the signing Man United must make
Mikel Arteta
Mark Lawrenson reveals his prediction for Leicester City v Arsenal
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature