Chelsea’s Eden Hazard backed for greatness by international legend

Eden Hazard playing for Lille

Former Marseille boss Eric Gerets has backed Eden Hazard to come good for Belgium, but only if they give him time.

There has always been an air of expectation surrounding Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard, but it’s the hopes and dreams of his home nation that he has still to fulfil.

The Belgian international has failed to score in any of the last nine internationals for the Red Devils, but former Marseille coach and Belgium captain Eric Gerets has little doubt that the former Lille player will come good.

“Eden Hazard has the talent to put an end to this period of dissatisfaction and take Belgium to at least the semi-finals of Euro 2016," he said.

Hazard was heavily criticised after Belgium’s goalless draw against Wales on Sunday, and the point leaves the talented side fourth in Group B after three games.

Marc Wilmots side has five points from a possible nine, but trail Israel in top spot by four points and more importantly, they are three points behind Wales.

It would be a disaster for Belgium if they failed to qualify for the European Championships, and they need to find a way to get the best out of Hazard if they are to realise the potential of the excellent players they have in the squad.

After 54 games, Hazard has only scored six times, compared to the 20 goals he scored in his last season for Lille.

There was huge expectation when the 21-year-old made the move across to England, but with 26 goals in 80 games, Hazard has been immense for Chelsea and has improved further under Jose Mourinho.

Gerets, who played over 80 games for Belgium, believes that all the midfielder needs is time, and he will come good.

"Even Messi needed time to become the savior of his team National. You must give it to Hazard. Then he will achieve it, he has too much talent," he stated.

You have to believe that Wilmots will be able to get the best out of Hazard before 2016. If both Rudi Garcia at Lille and Mourinho at Chelsea were able to provide Hazard with a platform to provide both creativity and goals, then it’s not like the Belgium coach has to solve an impossible puzzle.

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