Gary Neville names Chelsea FC star struggling in Freddie Ljungberg role
The Man United legend believes Eden Hazard has struggled in a wide role in the Chelsea FC team
Gary Neville believes Chelsea FC forward Eden Hazard is struggling in a wide role under Antonio Conte.
The Belgium international was used in a supporting role alongside Willian behind Chelsea FC striker Alvaro Morata.
However, Hazard’s impact on the game was limited as the 27-year-old struggled to get a stranglehold on the game.
The 2015 PFA player of the year has failed to score in his last eight games in all competitions to raise questions about his form.
Hazard has been linked with a potential move to Real Madrid at the end of the season amid uncertainty surrounding Conte’s future.
Former Man United defender Neville believes Hazard isn’t effective in a wide role due to his reluctance to make persistent runs.
“How many times does Hazard make the runs past the defender any more?” Neville told Sky Sports.
“I call them the Freddie Ljungberg runs or Ji Sung Park runs.
“The runs that you make four or five times a half as a wide player that actually nine times out of ten you don’t get the ball.
“You have to keep making the run. Hazard has stopped making that run. It is a tough run. It is a decoy run.”
Hazard has scored 11 times and has made four assists in 27 appearances in the Premier League this season.
The Belgian forward has won two Premier League titles, the Europa League and the League Cup at the west London side.