Paul Merson discusses what Eden Hazard needs to improve at Chelsea FC
The Arsenal legend wants to see more consistency from Chelsea FC star Eden Hazard
Paul Merson believes Eden Hazard needs to improve his consistency at Chelsea FC.
The Belgium international has made a brilliant start to the Premier League season despite the change of management at the west London side.
Maurizio Sarri took over the reins of Chelsea FC from his compatriot Antonio Conte in the summer and the ex-Napoli boss has given Hazard more of a free role in the Chelsea FC team.
The move has paid dividends given Hazard has already scored seven goals in eight games in the Premier League this season to sit at the top of the goal-scoring charts.
Hazard’s form has helped the Blues to make an unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign and keep pace with their title rivals Manchester City and Liverpool FC.
The Belgian forward has won the Premier League twice during his stint at Stamford Bridge under Conte and Jose Mourinho to underline his importance to the west London club.
However, the Chelsea FC number 10 has often managed to struggle to maintain his consistency over the course of a full Premier League campaign.
Former Arsenal playmaker Merson would like to see Hazard to set the Premier League alight on a consistent basis.
Asked whether Hazard is the league’s best player, Merson told Sky Sports:
“I would say so. He’s the top scorer, he’s making things happen. A couple of weeks ago, I would have said he was the best player in the world, but then Messi put in that performance against Tottenham at Wembley.
“The problem with Hazard, and I’m a massive fan of his, is that he can go missing for six months at a time. You’ve seen it twice at Chelsea – last season, for instance.”
Merson continued: “Messi doesn’t do that. He might go missing for one game, but Hazard has done it for big parts of seasons where it hasn’t been going well for his team.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen Messi have two bad games on the trot, but Hazard went missing for big parts of last season, and the one where Mourinho got sacked (2015-16 campaign).
“He’s got to sort his consistency out, more than anything. He’s been great this season, but we’ve seen that before, when Chelsea last won the league.”
Hazard’s best return for a Premier League season came in 2016-17 in Conte’s first campaign in charge, when the 27-year-old scored 16 times to help the Blues win the title.
The Belgium international will come up against a familiar foe in Jose Mourinho in their next Premier League game on Saturday afternoon when Manchester United host Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge.
Hazard has a good record against the Red Devils after the Belgian star scored the winner from the penalty spot in Chelsea FC’s 1-0 win over Mourinho’s side in the FA Cup final at Wembley.
The number 10 has scored twice in his last four games against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.