Chelsea's Kevin De Bruyne 'more complete' than Eden Hazard
Chelsea news: Kevin De Bruyne better than Eden Hazard, says coach
Chelsea youngster Kevin De Bruyne, who has yet to play a competitive match for the Blues, is a more complete player than Eden Hazard - at least that's the opinion of former Genk coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck.
Chelsea signed De Bruyne from Genk in the January transfer window, while Hazard arrived at Stamford Bridge from Lille for a fee of £35 million during the summer.
Both have enjoyed differing starts to their respective Chelsea careers, however, with Hazard established as one of Roberto di Matteo's key players, while De Bruyne has been sent out to Werder Bremen on loan.
De Bruyne and Hazard are two of five Belgians on the books at Chelsea, although the latter is the only one currently at Stamford Bridge, but Vanhaezebrouck is backing the former to be a hit in London.
Vanhaezebrouck had De Bruyne under his tutelage during the 21-year-old's time at Genk and is expecting big things from the Belgium international at Chelsea.
And says Vanhaezebrouck, Hazard - who is the same age as De Bruyne - is not as well rounded as the former Genk star, with his game more limited to speed rather than vision.
"Kevin is much more complete than Hazard", he told Sportmagazine.
"He has a more extensive repertoire: he can play it left and right, short and long. He can dribble, make time and space and score from long distances.
"He can play on the left, on the right or in the middle and also be the second defensive midfielder alongside [Axel] Witsel [for Belgium].
"Hazard is more like human lightening, he is able to go past one or two men and hit a difficult long pass.
"But he rarely plays it diagonally, his vision of the game is limited to areas in front of him and his awareness is less."