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Player Focus: Have people over-analyzed Eden Hazard’s form this season?

Yes, it is absolute normal to criticize club’s best player when the results start going for a toss, but those criticism must also have a some base to it. Eden Hazard has been single-handedly blamed for Chelsea’s dip in form this season, despite the Belgian doing his best to ensure the Blues come out of this slum as quickly as possible.

Having heard the harsh words laid on the Belgian from all quarters of the media, I went ahead and looked at a stat comparison between Hazard’s exploits from last season and the ongoing one, the numbers will indeed surprise you, take a look:

On an average, Hazard’s form has not dipped:hazThese numbers how us how, Hazard has continued to do his bit of work with a degree of consistency, rather, it is the players around him, who need to lift their game. Speaking of assists, chance creation and key passes, Hazard is producing a performance reminiscent of last season. Despite starting the season on a low and on a poor note, Hazard general play and numbers look as if, it can beat his last season’s performance, but that has gone unnoticed since Chelsea are going through their worse phase for over 3 decades.

Only aspect, which has seen a low for Hazard is his goal-scoring return. Last season, Hazard managed to bag 14 Premier League goals, however, this time around, he is yet to open his account. Having said that, goal-scoring should not be the only judge of his efficiency and contribution to the Chelsea football club. Hazard is Chelsea’s best player and he will eventually come out good to lead them away from their horrible start to the season.

With the arrival of Pedro Rodriguez, Hazard’s freedom of roaming around either wings has gone down and with Chelsea having to chase most of the games this season hasn’t helped Hazard’s game-play. Chelsea’s defense has taken a huge hit, which has been asking the Belgian wizard to track back to help his defense.

These factors will have a bearing on a player like Eden Hazard, who loves to produce a moment of magic rather than working tirelessly for his team. Post the International break, one expects Hazard to really kick-on and show everyone why he won the PFA Player of the Year award last season and why he is still Chelsea’s best player.

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