Belgian winger Eden Hazard has admitted that he would like to play in a central role behind a lone striker, rather being deployed out wide.
His request most likely stems from the fact that he has been excellent whilst operating in a number 10 role with his national side, playing in behind either Romelu Lukaku or Christian Benteke.
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Despite appearing to be getting back to his best for his club this season, former PFA Player of the Year Hazard has spoken of his desire to play in behind either Diego Costa or Michy Batshuayi, but admits that manager Antonio Conte may never give him the chance to do so.
“I don’t know if I can play there for Chelsea, we don’t often play with that system,” he told The Daily Mail.
“I play on the left side, and I don’t think Chelsea want to change just for me to play as a 10. I did well in the past as a left winger and I am trying to get back to that best again.”
Hazard has begun to rejuvenate his career again in the Premier League this season, with two goals in his first seven matches and he’ll be looking to put the misery and disappointment of last year behind him.
It will be interesting to see whether or not Conte is willing to grant the player his wish, especially as the Blues look to change formation to a three-man defence.
There’s no doubting that switching things around could give Chelsea a different option in the attacking sense of their game and putting Hazard in that role could catch opponents unaware.
The Belgian’s demand gives the Chelsea boss fresh new ideas, with potential for the former Lille superstar to operate behind Costa in a 3-5-2 formation.