Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is undoubtedly a tremendously gifted footballer but over recent years it has been a tale of inconsistency for the Belgian attacker.

In 2014-15 the former Lille attacker was the star man in the Blues’ Premier League title success, with the versatile forward rightly awarded the PFA Player of the Year accolade in the process.

However, last season Hazard cut a forlorn figure as the West London side struggled, with the 25-year-old seemingly unable to arrest the alarming slide of the then champions.

A vintage showing in Chelsea’s 5-0 win over Everton on Saturday suggests that the Belgian star is back to somewhere near his best and is living up to his sizeable potential.

Pundits have long listed Hazard as the Premier League’s best hope of usurping the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at the game’s summit, but playing at his best on a weekly basis is only happening now.

The attacker has clearly flourished since Antonio Conte opted to switch to a 3-4-3 formation, with the playmaker moving from his left wing berth into a more central role.

This has given Hazard the impetus to score seven goals in 11 Premier League games, with the attacker well on his way to having the most prolific campaign of his career.

The Chelsea man is clearly relishing playing in a rejuvenated Blues side but the challenge for him personally is to show his best form on a week-to-week basis; only then can he be compared to Messi, Ronaldo and the world’s best.


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