Eden Hazard scored one and assisted another goal as Chelsea recorded a 2-0 victory over Hull City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
As Jose Mourinho's league leaders brushed aside a lacklustre Hull City side, the young Belgian play-maker stole the plaudits with a highly impressive display.
Chelsea weren't typically at the races but this did not prevent Hazard from stealing the plaudits. The talented forward produced a rare sight early on, planting the perfect header past Allan McGregor as he opened the scoring for the Blues, before producing a piece of magic to set up the second goal for team-mate Diego Costa, who finished with aplomb.
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In the absence of the club's most creative asset, Cesc Fabregas, who found himself suspended for this clash, Hazard emerged as the London outfit's star performer. He proved a menace in the final third, offering much needed innovation in his Spanish team-mates absence. In total he fashioned three key passes, while managing two attempts at goal - both of which were accurate.
Meanwhile, he further stretched his reputation as the Premier League's most prolific dribbler - adding a further three take-ons to his collection. Only Branislav Ivanovic proved more effective in terms of this key attacking statistic against Hull, with the duo causing tremendous problems down either flank. He has now completed 73 dribbles this term; more than any player across Europe's top five leagues.
Perhaps even more impressive is the efficient way in which the Belgian goes about his business. The one aspect of his game that sets him apart from even the Premier League's most talented forwards is his accuracy in possession.
A player who performs under immense attacking pressure, Hazard has averaged a pass accuracy of 89% this term - a superior total to the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Dusan Tadic, Christian Eriksen and even Cesc Fabregas. He recorded a 90% success rate in this clash - the highest of any forward in the top flight this weekend.
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Not for the first time this season, Hazard was the star of the show. Game after game he grows ever more important for Jose Mourinho's world-class side.