Eden Hazard has confirmed that he feels playing in the Premier League for Chelsea has turned him into a far better player than when he first arrived, though admitted he does still have at least one thing he could improve.
The Belgium international looks good value to take home the PFA Player of the Year award, having last year picked up the version of the trophy for young players, and he's continued to add to his stellar reputation.
In a season that has seen Chelsea dominate the Premier League Hazard has been arguably their most influential player, and he could well go on to become a club legend, after put pen to paper on a new five-year deal earlier this term.
As relayed by ESPN, the 24-year-old was quick to credit the influence England’s elite division has had on his career, speaking positively over the strength of the competition.
"I have become stronger in England because I play with and against greater players. I have to raise my level. I am gaining experience. It's a big match every weekend. Each season I find new qualities," he said.
"This season I score headers. Who would have thought it? I am progressing. I'm happy with my season like I was with last season. I am continuing my apprenticeship.
"People expect Eden to score 30 to 40 goals a season. I don't think about doing it. I'm not like that. If there is a point in my game where I still need to work, it is of course, to be more efficient.
"To play even more for myself, to score goals. But I am having a great season. Maybe I will have two trophies and that will be great."
The next step
Given his age Hazard could well go on to contend for the Ballon d’Or in the next few years, though he’ll certainly have to up his goal tally if he wants to be considered in the same realm as the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The former Lille man is a similar player, for sure, but whilst football’s two phenomenons continue to post logic-defying stats on an annual basis, it’s hard to look past them when it comes to the most prestigious individual prize in the game.
Currently on 11 Premier League goals, Hazard needs to score four more before the end of the campaign if he is to set a new personal record. Such numbers are impressive for the average midfielder, but if Chelsea’s leading man wants to build on his reputation further he will need to do better.
Chelsea fans, just how good could Hazard go on to be? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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