£32m Chelsea star 'overrated' says Piers Morgan

Chelsea star Eden Hazard was criticised on Twitter during the club's 2-0 loss at Newcastle.

Eden Hazard's 'big decision' style choice of which club he would be playing for, immediately singled himself out as a player who would be shot at when things weren't going his way.

Fortunately a sensational debut season meant he was praised with regularity, and the £32 million price Chelsea paid Lille for him looked like good value for money.

The Belgian international scored 15 goals and registered 26 assists in all competitions for his new club in his debut season, showing just why he was regarded as Europe's best young talent and had teams fighting for his signature.

This season has been a little less explosive so far, with the attacker providing just two assists, although he has already scored five goals for the club.

However the intense competition for his place demands superb performances week in and week out, and with Jose Mourinho's assessment that he made '11 mistakes' in his team selection in the loss against Newcastle, clearly nobody is safe.

Hazard was singled out for criticism from Arsenal fan Piers Morgan on Twitter during the loss, perhaps still smarting from his side's defeat to Chelsea in the Capital One Cup in midweek.

Hazard did not provide a cutting edge against Newcastle, going the whole game without a shot on target or creating a single goalscoring opportunity.

He did had six successful dribbles, more than Newcastle's entire starting XI, but statistics like this matter for little without an end product.

Fortunately the attacker has proved early this campaign and last season that he is a game-changer, and can go onto become a true superstar. Is he there yet? Not entirely, but all great players have off days, especially if they are just 22-years-old.

With a long career ahead of him, we doubt Mr Morgan would turn down Hazard signing for his Arsenal side anytime soon.

Hazard may have been hailed too early for some, but you can bet Jose Mourinho will only help improve him into a more consistent player, one who one day may go onto challenge for the Ballon d'Or.

What do you think? What is Hazard's current level?

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