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Eden Hazard: First season review

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The 2012 summer transfer period saw Eden Hazard, Europe's then most coveted attacking midfielder, move to Chelsea in a reported £32m transfer. 

He has quickly become an integral part of the Chelsea squad in one of their busiest ever seasons. Eden had an excellent league debut against Wigan, earning both assists in the 2-0 victory. Hazard continued to shine, earning either assists or goals in the following three matches.

Whilst Hazard has clocked an impressive 11 assists and nine goals this season, it's his incisive dribbling and accurate passing (around 45 per game) has induced Chelsea fans to rapturous applause. Hosts of Premier League and European teams have fallen victim to his unstoppable runs and creative playmaking. Hazard has successfully made more than 50 dribbles over the 2012/13 season out of around 125 attempts, placing him well into the top five last season. 

Hazard's ability to earn free kicks and penalties is another important skill the Belgian brings to the table. 

When faced with a sprinting Hazard, defenders will tend to him down rather than risk embarrassment at being left in his wake, he has been brought down more than 70 times, earning his side multiple free-kicks and penalties in the process.

The future looks incredibly bright for the Blues' young Belgian starlet, Hazard has vowed to improve his goalscoring performances in the 2013/14 season, though many fans would be perfectly pleased to have Hazard continue in the same style and form as he has done in 2012/13.

It will be interesting for many Chelsea supporters to see how Mourinho will use the star in his new Chelsea lineup, especially as the 'Special One' often prefers to sacrifice possession and creativity for a solid defence and strong countering. Hazard, with his team-mates Oscar and Mata, should continue to compete at the highest levels of the Premier League playing some of the best football in the division. 

 

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