Eden Hazard moved to Chelsea last season in a high-profile transfer valued at around £32m.
The Belgian, who chose the then reigning European champions, had reportedly snubbed the Manchester clubs to make Stamford Bridge his home.
His first season in the Premier League, which is generally considered a tough adaptation period, went pretty well. By the end of the campaign, Hazard had 13 goals and 25 assists as a Blue and was instrumental in their Europa League triumph and their third-place finish in the Premier League.
The Ligue 1 young Player of the Year, for two years running (2008-10) has been lauded for his creativity and speed and is often described as an explosive winger; often drawing comparisons with Ballon d'Or winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Belgian has already formed a potent partnership with the Blues' central-midfielder Juan Mata, and the two had been Chelsea's most potent players, averting every defensive line in their way with their skilled dribbling and vision.
Having settled to the English playing environment now, and having experience against all his oppositions, Hazard has all the ingredients to make this Premier League season his own.
With the likes of long-range passers, Luiz and Lampard, backing him in the midfield, and speedsters Mata, Moses, Schurrle, and Oscar, on his right, the Belgian will get enough opportunities to fire in front of the goal.
With his speed and dribbling skills, he can easily invade the strongest of defensive lines.
Hazard's versatility - the ability to play on the left, right, behind the striker or upfront - is similar to that of Ronaldo and Messi and his style of play falls somewhere between the two great footballing rivals of our age.
His touch, control and balance are perfect and his turning ability and back heel tactics were a revelation last season.
Brought to the Bridge under Roberto di Matteo, the Belgian flourished, becoming a star finisher and starter.
However, after the sacking of the Italian manager, Hazard went through a barren run, and struggled to lift the team out of dim scenarios. His first few games under new manager Rafael Benitez were shoddy and glum, with the Belgian failing to produce.
But soon enough, he was back in full flow, scoring a stellar goal against Sparta Prague in the Europa League, and being the decisive factor in the FA Cup quarter-final against United after coming on as a substitute.
With a settled Chelsea coaching staff this season in the form of Mourinho, Hazard does not have to worry about any changes in the locker room this season, which marred the Blues' campaign last time around.
What he needs to develop is consistency, the ability to lift out his team our of holes, like Ronaldo and Messi. He has to be able to play at the top of his game throughout, and be able to rise up to the occasion when the team needs him most.
At 22, the timid Belgian is already a star and world-class player; but he can achieve more. He has the capacity to be the successor to Ronaldo and Messi - and this season could be just the step he needs.
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