Chelsea forward Eden Hazard scored an outstanding solo goal in Saturday’s 3-0 win against Burnley, and put in a convincing performance at Stamford Bridge to make a real statement of intent about his own worth to the side after a forgettable 2015/16 season.
Hazard impressed for Belgium in this summer’s European Championships and is picking up where he left off to set the Premier League alight with a series of outstanding showings in August. Is he now back to his brilliant best?
Spring saw a welcome return to form
Eden Hazard didn’t score a Premier League goal for Chelsea until the end of April. The Belgian international went 27 games without registering, but when he did finally ripple the back of the net, his form returned. Hazard scored four goals in his last five games in the top-flight, most notably netting an outstanding curled effort in the top corner against Tottenham to hand Leicester City the Premier League title – which was named Chelsea Goal of the Year.
He went into Euro 2016 in good shape as a result, and really proved his worth in France representing the Belgian national team. Eden Hazard scored and created five goals in as many games, creating 16 chances and making 24 successful dribbles. After such a poor season, it was a welcome sight seeing Hazard back to his best on the ball and after a rest this summer, he’s back for Chelsea in emphatic fashion.
Early Premier League form has been outstanding
Hazard has scored two goals in three Premier League games this season, but it’s his overall performances that have been making headlines. The 25-year-old has averaged a successful dribble every 15 minutes so far, creating six chances too. The former Lille man looks confident on the ball again, and is making things happen in the final third for Chelsea.
His performances could have a big bearing on Chelsea’s potential success in the Premier League, FA Cup and EFL Cup, and he’s so far showcasing the same form that led to his 2014/15 Premier League Player of the Season award and many other accolades. There were positive signs that his form was returning at the end of last season, and with Hazard improving game after game in 2016, he could be one of the standout stars in the top flight this season.
Eden Hazard is 8/1 to be named PFA Player of the Year for Chelsea. With the Blues enjoying a 100% record three games into the campaign, could Hazard help swing the title race the way of the Blues?