Michael Owen raves about Chelsea star Eden Hazard

Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen backs Chelsea winger Eden Hazard to become of the world’s best players in the future.

Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen has been singing the praises of Chelsea winger Eden Hazard.

Belgium international Hazard is one of the best players in the Premier League, with many claiming that he could go on to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or in the coming years.

Gifted with pace and skills, the 23-year-old has been superb for Chelsea since joining the London outfit from Lille in the summer of 2012.

Last season Hazard scored 14 goals and created 92 chances in 35 Premier League appearances, while this campaign he has found the net six times and has created 39 chances in 16 league matches.

The Belgium star was in action for Chelsea against Derby County in the quarter-finals of the League Cup away from home on Tuesday, and he was once again in brilliant form, scoring the opening goal in a 3-1 victory.

Owen, who was following the match, wrote on Sportlobster.com: “Hazard is class. He's one of a few players who could threaten to be one of the worlds best in the future.”

It is fair to say that Hazard is already one of the world’s best attacking players. With summer signings Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa in brilliant form for Chelsea this season, perhaps the Belgium has fallen in their shadows somewhat, but he remains a superb attacking talent who has time on his hand to add more facets to his game.

With Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo still going strong, Hazard is unlikely to win the Ballon d’Or anytime soon, but there is every possibility that he will do so in the future.

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