This time last year, Eden Hazard had just been crowned as the PFA’s Premier League Player of the Year following a superb season with champions Chelsea.
Not only that, but there was talk over whether Hazard was now the third-best player in world football behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Fast-forward 12 months and Hazard’s reputation has taken a catastrophic nose-dive following a dreadful campaign.
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Nobody could have predicted that it would take the Belgium international until April to score his first league goal of the 2015-16 season. Prior to the start of the campaign, some fans had even tipped Hazard to win the Premier League’s Golden Boot award.
The 25-year-old was one of several Chelsea players blamed by fans for the departure of much-loved coach Jose Mourinho in December - along with Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa - and some supporters are still angry with the Belgian because of his lacklustre performances earlier in the campaign.
Hazard: Fans mustn't forget what I've done for Chelsea
However, Hazard has told the fans to remember what he has done for their football club in the past.
"I thought the fans were booing because they didn't want me to be replaced," the winger was quoted as saying by the Mirror. "Supporters pay for their tickets and they want to be entertained. If they are not happy they are entitled to boo. But people mustn't forget what I have done for Chelsea.
"We are having a tougher time than normal but we will get over it. I never doubt my abilities.
"A lot of nonsense gets talked about my future but I have four years left on my contract.
"I've long told myself that one day I would have a season like the one I'm going through.
"Chelsea have not had a good season and neither have I. We are working hard to improve."
Hazard will be aiming to finish season on a high
Hazard will be aiming to finish the season on a high following his brace against Bournemouth last weekend.
He will be hoping to build some momentum with an eye-catching display against Premier League title challengers Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
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