Hazard has been one of the true standout performers in the Premier League this season, winning plaudits and games alike with a run of insatiable form.
Touted as a potential winner of the 2014/15 PFA Player of the Year award, the 23-year-old Belgian winger was on the long-list for the 2014 Ballon d’Or, and many believe he will claim the title of best footballer in the world as his own in the future.
Despite his incredible performances, goals had been hard to come by for the forward in the opening exchanges of the campaign, but he appears to be overcoming his composure in front of goal, and the youngster has five strikes to his name in 14 games. However, his performance in Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur was a return to top form, and his goal really should have been capped by an assist as well.
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The 50-capped international scored one goal from two shots - courtesy of a lovely one-two with Didier Drogba - and made two key passes from a total of 38 passes. The finishing of his teammates, and some adroit defending from the Spurs back-line, both prevented him from adding to his goal tally and registering his second assist of the season.
He was once again heavily involved in all areas of the play, touching the ball an impressive 68 times - second highest of any Chelsea player - and the difference in class between the Blues and Chelsea was shown, with his touches creating goals and chances, whereas the Lilywhites barely troubled the West Londoners beyond the opening 10 minutes.
The most impressive statistic to come from Hazard’s performance was once again in his dribbling. A game high nine dribbles were performed by the winger, raising his average Premier League dribbles per game to 4.7. It has been a remarkable season in terms of Hazard’s dribbling ability, and there appears to be no letting up in his consistently high performances.
Hazard has been improving week-by-week under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho, and there is no denying that he may claim the title of best footballer in the world in the near future should he continue progressing at the same rate. If the performance shown against Spurs is the template that he will mirror for the remainder of the season, well, then the Ballon d’Or may just be closer than he thinks.