Eden Hazard has evolved to a complete footballer but needs goals to compete for FIFA footballer of the year. The Belgian, who is one of the sorted out attackers in the World seems to have evolved from an attacker down the left flank to a complete playmaker with a clear indication of quality, brilliance and confidence in recent times. Despite all the features and heroics, the Belgium international needs to score goals to compete for the most coveted individual football accolade in football.
Eden Hazard arrived Chelsea in the summer of 2012, but has gone on to perform despite successive replacement of managers. The Belgian arrived Chelsea for a reported £32 million from Lille. The Belgian since then has gone on to justify his price fee with two Premier league trophies, a Europa league success and two FA cups in his 6yrs with the Blues. The Belgian has also won the Premier league footballer of the year twice.
Eden Hazard within the course of his Chelsea football career, has met four tactician with Maurizio Sarri the fifth manager to join the London club since he arrived. The Belgian has evolved to suit the demands of various tactical approaches, under Di Matteo and Rafa Benitez the Belgian featured at left-wing of attacker with the ability to link-up with Mata and Oscar.
Jose Mourinho seemed to have converted him to a playmaker and goal machine down the left-wings but its Conte who is believed to have completely evolved the 27yr old. Under the Italian, Hazard featured in false 9 role as well as behind the center forward in a 3-5-2 approach. Hazard has mastered distribution abilities with the ball as well as ability to drift to the middle of the park to obtain the ball. Eden Hazard confidence in dribbling through the middle of the park have increased as he is currently difficult to mark.
Despite all the improvement in qualities, the Belgian seems to has dropped drastically in his scoring ability. Eden Hazard seems to be shy on goal as he prefers assisting than scoring. The Belgian currently has 2 assists in the 2018/2019 league season. Eden Hazard is believed to be eyeing the FIFA footballer of the year award but knows that he needs to notch in goals as well as win major trophy to stand chance.
The Belgian missed out on the World cup after his country finished 3rd in the competition. Chelsea’s Participation in the UEFA Europa League this season means that the Belgian will have to wait till next season. Eden Hazard who is at the form of his football career must rediscover his scoring form to be in contention for the FIFA individual accolade when Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi faze out of the contention.
The Belgian is expected to start when Chelsea visit Newcastle at Saint James Park. The Blues lost to the Magpies on the last game of the 2017/2018 season and will be wary of Rafa Benitez. Eden Hazard will be tipped to at least perform.