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Eden Hazard's highlights for Chelsea v Brighton are quite simply sensational

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It's amazing that in the debate for the best player in the Premier League, Eden Hazard's name is often not amongst the top few nominees.

Names such as Kevin de Bruyne, Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane, David de Gea and Sergio Aguero are all mentioned - but Hazard seems to fly under the radar.

But surely the 27-year-old deserves to be amongst the debate.

Ever since signing for Chelsea in 2012, Hazard has been Chelsea's most influential player. He has consistently turned in impressive performances for his side, weighing in with goals and assists on almost a regular basis.

When he is on song his side usually are too - and that can be no better shown by yesterday's game against Brighton where he was sensational in his side's 4-0 win.

HAZARD'S HIGHLIGHTS V BRIGHTON

Chelsea went into yesterday's game at Brighton having drawn all of their last five matches in all competitions, with three of them ending in 0-0 draws.

Having slipped down to fourth, they desperately needed to pick up all three points as they went in search of maintaining a Champions League spot.

And they managed to do just that as they ran out emphatic winners - largely due to the performance of  Hazard.

Hazard was sensational throughout the 90 minutes. He opened the scoring after just three minutes with a well taken goal, and then played a key role in Willian's superb effort just three minutes later.

His second goal in the 77th minute was also special as he capped off a tremendous performance by scoring a quite sensational solo goal.

Picking up the ball just inside the Brighton half, he made it look easy as he eased into the opposition box, before coolly dispatching his effort into the bottom corner. 

Other than his part in three goals, he proved to be a menace all game - and Brighton literally could not contain him as he put in one of his best performances in a blue shirt.

REDKNAPP: 'HAZARD WAS PLAYING A DIFFERENT GAME'

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Although Willy Caballero also had a fine game, Hazard eventually picked up the Man of the Match award - and rightly so.

Hazard wowed Premier League fans with his performance, and Sky Sports pundits Jamie Redknapp and Thierry Henry were equally as impressed.

"If VAR looked at his performance today, then some it would have illegal as he was that good", Redknapp said. "Willian was fantastic as well - as was Batshuayi, but Hazard was playing a different game. He was at his energetic, beautiful best today."

And Henry also shared those same thoughts: "Hazard is unplayable when he's in that mood. When he plays like this it's more than likely Chelsea are going to win the game."

Chelsea fans will be hoping the interest from Real Madrid for Hazard is not as concrete as some reports suggest it is.

But if he keeps turning in performances in the same calibre as he did yesterday, all the world's biggest clubs will be looking to sign the Belgian maestro.

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