Ray Wilkins: I love watching Chelsea FC star eliminate opponents

The former Blues midfielder highlights Eden Hazard's continued importance to Chelsea FC

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard Photo: The Sport Review

Ray Wikins has described Chelsea FC star Eden Hazard as a truly “special player”.

The Belgium international scored twice in Chelsea FC’s 3-0 win over 20th-placed West Brom on Monday night to end a two-game losing run in the Premier League.

Hazard scored a brilliant third goal for the defending champions at Stamford Bridge to take his tally to 11 goals in 23 games in the English top flight this term.

The 27-year-old has been Chelsea FC’s best player in an otherwise difficult second season for Italian head coach Antonio Conte.

Hazard has been linked with a move to La Liga giants Real Madrid in recent months given the west London side’s inconsistent performances.

The Belgian forward has scored 30 goals in Chelsea FC’s title-winning campaigns under Jose Mourinho and then Conte to highlight his importance to the Blues.

Former Chelsea FC midfielder Wilkins lavished praise on the number 10 and underlined his vital role in Conte’s team.

“He is sensational,” Wilkins told Sky Sports. “You get special players and I think Hazard is just one of those that has cropped up.

“I’m a season ticket holder at Chelsea, I’m a Blue, and to watch him play is something exceptional over the last couple of years.

“Conte has allowed him to do his thing. He’s one of those guys, when you watch him play, he looks like he’s really enjoying himself.

“When he gets on the ball, you think ‘wow, something’s going to happen now’. He’ll eliminate people in the middle of the pitch, he’ll create chances. He’s just a fantastic footballer.”

Hazard moved to Chelsea FC from Ligue 1 side Lille in the 2012 summer transfer window.

The Belgian forward has won two Premier League titles, the Europa League and the League Cup during his five and a half seasons at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues forward won the 2015 PFA player of the year award.

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