The transfer saga surrounding Eden Hazard last summer set alight the blogosphere. His style of play, likened to that of Cristiano Ronaldo, originally began turning heads at Ligue 1 side OSC Lille.
Hazard, a starter at Lille from 16, was an integral figure at the French club, leading them to a cup double in 2011, and there first birth in the Champions league. In his final season for Lille, the Belgian amassed a staggering 22 goals and 16 assists in all competitions, leaving the young winger to be named Ligue One player of the year; the youngest ever to do so.
Feeling as though he had accomplished everything he could in France, Hazard announced he would leave. The transfer saga involved countless rumoured deals with many of the top clubs in Europe, the Beligian ended speculation late in May by announcing on Twitter that he would join Champions of Europe Chelsea.
The young startlets arrival in west London was greeted with a clamour of approval; Blues fans seeing him as a vital piece of the rebuilding process, after Didier Drogba's emotional exit to China.
Hazard has proven to be a consistent performer this season for Chelsea, with his quick feet, dribbling skill, along side his defence splitting passes, lead many of the top Premier League defenders dazzled in his wake. The Belgium play-maker also has an eye for goal, including this wonder strike against Stoke, currently having 8 goals and 12 assists in all competitions.
If his form continues Hazard should be the saviour every Chelsea fan expected him to be, and should be a key player, who ever ends up managing the Blues at the end of the season.
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