“He wanted to come to Tottenham, but the deal dragged on and it didn’t happen,” the recently departed QPR boss said.
But in light of the news, how does Hazard’s recent league form compare with that of Tottenham’s own creative catalyst Christian Eriksen?
The Danish international has added scoring regular goals to his repertoire this season, netting nine in the league and 11 in all competitions, while Chelsea’s Hazard has the same amount as his counterpart in the English top flight but 13 across all tournaments.
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The statistics above only take into consideration Premier League action, with Hazard trumping Eriksen when it comes to assists – five to one – while the Chelsea player’s on-target shooting accuracy is also markedly better.
That said, the Tottenham player now takes a punt on goal far more often and that increased confidence has seen him rewarded regularly, so in time expect his accuracy to further improve.
Hazard is one year older than Eriksen and currently out-performs the Dane in a number of areas, but the Tottenham player is dispossessed less and is improving his other stats at a fine rate.
Had things been different, perhaps both players would have ultimately turned out for Tottenham, but as it is they will contest plenty of matches in the campaigns ahead, with both able to turn a game in a single moment.