The 23-year-old Blues attacker has been in sensational form this season under manager Jose Mourinho. So far the Belgian ace has scored 16 goals and made 10 assists in all competitions for Chelsea.
Veteran striker Samuel Eto’o arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer and the 33-year-old has demonstrated his immense quality in front of goal this season, despite a slow start to his Blues career. The Cameroon international has an impressive record of 302 career goals across 605 appearances playing for some of the world’s best teams.
Spells at Real Madrid, Barcelona and Inter Milan have seen him win three Champions League titles, four domestic league titles in Spain and Italy and individual honours in the form of four African Player of the Year awards, UEFA Club Forward of the Year in 2006, FIFA World Cup Golden Ball in 2010 as well as becoming Cameroon All-Time Top Scorer.
The striker certainly has plenty of experience and wisdom to pass on to younger generations, and it appears he is intent on doing just that at Stamford Bridge where the Blues’ current top-scorer is steadfastly becoming a world-beater.
"Eto'o tells me every day that I can be one of world's best players," revealed Hazard.
"Before every game he tells me I have to make the difference. He tells me: 'You don't leave the stadium without scoring a goal.' After a while you understand that.”
Hazard has certainly been doing his utmost to emulate Eto’o in his heyday at the Bridge this term. He has averaged a goal every 188 minutes he has played in the Premier League but he’ll need to continue his development to score every game. He certainly has an abundance of mentors around him to draw inspiration from – apart from Eto’o, coach Mourinho has worked with some of the world’s most dangerous forwards in Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and, of course, Blues legend Didier Drogba.
"A few years ago, football was just football for me. If I didn't score, I didn't care too much, as long as we won the game,” he added. "Now I want to score in every game and be decisive.”
Hazard arrived at Chelsea in the summer of 2012 for a fee of £32million from Lille, where he had impressed scoring 22 goals in all competitions the previous season. But he managed to score just 13 goals for the Blues in his first term, which saw Roberto Di Matteo replaced by Rafael Benitez. Since the self-proclaimed Special One has returned to his home from home at the Bridge, however, it seems the young Belgian is benefiting from improved confidence.