Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes seems to be believe that Eden Hazard is Chelsea’s best player.
Looking forward to Sunday’s Premier League clash between United and Chelsea at Old Trafford, the 39-year-old wrote in The Independent: ‘I have a feeling United can win this game, provided they can keep certain individuals under control.
‘Top of that list will be Eden Hazard, which makes it a very big afternoon for Rafael da Silva, whose job it will be to try to smother the attacking threat of the best player in Chelsea’s team’.
Scholes’s choice is an interesting one. Statistically, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas have been better than Hazard so far this season.
While former Atletico Madrid striker Costa has scored nine goals and created 11 chances in seven Premier League appearances, ex-Arsenal captain Fabregas has scored one and given 25 key passes in eight league matches with a pass accuracy of 90%.
Meanwhile, Hazard has scored two goals and created 16 chances in eight league appearances with a pass accuracy of 91% and shot accuracy of 63%.
Hazard was Chelsea’s best player last season and remains a truly brilliant footballer, but perhaps this term he has not been hitting the headlines because of Costa and Fabregas.
However, the Belgium international remains a key player for Jose Mourinho’s team, and his importance will only grow as the season progresses.