Top Five: Premier League game changers

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Eden Hazard has made an explosive start to life in the Premier League with Chelsea. The 21-year-old winger arrived in England earlier this summer with a glowing reputation as one of the brightest young talents in all of Europe - his status heightened even further by the £32million price-tag.

With all of the country's leading clubs fighting over the highly-rated Belgian's signature, there was a certain level of expectation when Hazard put pen to paper at Stamford Bridge, but even the most optimistic of fans couldn't have anticipated the immediate impact he'd make.

One goal and four assists in his first three Premier League matches tells you everything you need to know about the former Lille man - and that's not including the two penalties he has also won. Hazard has been central to everything good about Chelsea this season.

Voted France's young player of the year in 2009 and 2010, and then Ligue 1 player of the year in 2011 and 2012, Hazard became the first to win both awards since the great Zinedine Zidane. In light of his performances, the World Cup winner - now an advisor at Real Madrid - said last year he "would sign Hazard with [his] eyes closed".

But, despite his burgeoning reputation as one of the Premier League's most influential forwards, there is a refreshing air of modesty about this increasingly dominant individual.

Hazard insists he's not a show-off, and doesn't want to write the headlines alone, preferring instead to focus on the collective group, with an emphasis placed on team ethic. He does however hold an understated confidence and belief in his own ability, saying he will always step up and win a game on his own if required.

"I am not here to be a star, to show off. I am here to play for the others. I love to set up my team-mates, but if I have to try and clinch a game then I will. People will see me at Chelsea the way I am and judge me the way they want to."

In light of Hazard's recent emergence, GiveMeFootball identifies some of the Premier League's other leading game-changers, old and new....

Santi Cazorla | Arsenal

At the very least the 5ft 6in Spaniard's arrival in north London proves that Arsene Wenger's eye for talent is as strong as ever, and he hasn't lost his touch in the transfer market.

The £12million Arsenal paid to Malaga to bring Cazorla to the Premier League could just about be the best business of the entire transfer window. And, in the aftermath of Robin van Persie's sale to Manchester United, the 27-year-old provides genuine reason for optimism this year.

Subtly skilful, with craft and vision, Cazorla adds an extra dimension to the Gunners' attack, and will play a pivotal part in the club's attempt to end their seven-year trophy drought this term.

Steven Gerrard | Liverpool

If there's one player who can be described as Liverpool's number one game-changer over the past decade, then it has to be their influential skipper. Gerrard has started the new campaign quietly by his own high standards, and looks uncomfortable in the new system that Brendan Rodgers is trying to implement.

But, when the chips are down, that's often when the Reds legend rises up and delivers the goods, time and time again. Write him off at your peril!

Carlos Tevez | Manchester City

Rejuvenated after a summer of solace, Tevez appears to have left last season's problems behind him. And, how Manchester City are benefitting. The Argentine has been like a new signing for Roberto Mancini, already scoring three goals in as many games this campaign.

With Sergio Aguero ruled out through injury, there is even more pressure on the 28-year-old to come good, and repay the team-mates, the manager, and most importantly the fans, for sticking by him during his times of trouble.

Wayne Rooney | Manchester United

Despite the 26-year-old striker facing a two-month spell on the sidelines, and the fact that Manchester United's attack is arguably as strong as it's ever been, following the acquisition of Robin van Persie, Rooney remains the ace in Sir Alex Ferguson's Red Devils pack.

The man for the big occasion, there's no doubt the England star will have to raise his game and work hard on the training ground to retain his place in the United side when he returns to fitness, but his ability to conjure something out of nothing means he is always going to be a threat, and worth his weight in gold!

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