Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink might have somewhat steadied the ship at Stamford Bridge but still remains astonished by the extent of Eden Hazard’s fall from grace this season.
The Belgian was an instrumental figure in Jose Mourinho's title-winning side last campaign, claiming the PFA Player of the Year award as a result.
However, Hazard's dramatic plummet in form as well as fitness for the Blues has resulted in a frustrating season for the midfielder, both on and off the pitch.
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Asked whether he has ever known such a drop in form ahead of their 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday evening, Hiddink said: "Not so drastically because he was the number one and now he is at the end of a long row of players.
"That is difficult. So yeah, what do you do... To some players, [you say] 'hey, go away for one week on holiday' or whatever.
"He was away when he was injured, he went off a few days and you hope he can recover also."
The Dutchman insisted that a basic approach could prove vital in restoring Hazard's form before next season.
"On the other hand, you must not dramatise so much. I think always you come back by trying to play like kids play.
"I think that is the best always, go away and try to think in the moment what you are doing. That is what I told him: 'Go and play like a kid'.
Hiddink has given Hazard plenty of time to recover from his injury issues but couldn't confirm when he will return.
"If you see his skills and see his spontaneous action, which he did this week in two or three training sessions... He was very light and you see his movements and they are, by nature, they are perfect."
Amidst a season where Hazard has been linked with moves to Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, the Belgian is yet to score his first Premier League goal and only managed to score twice across all competitions, both in the FA Cup.
Chelsea fans can only hope the 25-year-old eventually rediscovers his best, yet a move away this summer might be best for both parties where progress is concerned.