For much of last season, Eden Hazard was the laughing stock of the Premier League.
The previous season’s PFA Player of the Year was well below standard for the majority of the campaign, as Chelsea surrendered their Premier League crown without a fight.
However, towards the end of the season, the 25-year-old began to find some of the form that made him one of the world’s top players just 12 months ago, and he has carried this into Euro 2016 with Belgium.
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This could anger some Chelsea fans, though, who may feel that Hazard let them down over the course of the 2015/16 season.
Hazard was irresistible for much of the 2014/15 Premier League campaign, scoring 14 goals and providing nine assists, as Chelsea romped to the title with three games remaining.
He was seen by many as the shining light of the Chelsea team, and Jose Mourinho described him as the third best player in the world behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
It all went downhill for the Belgian in the following campaign, though, as he failed to find the net until April 23 when Chelsea’s season was as good as over.
His form, or lack of it in this instance, played a key role in the Blues’ tenth place finish, and the sacking of Mourinho in mid-December.
It took until May for Hazard to show his real talents, scoring wonderful solo goals against Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur respectively.
It has been a similar story at Euro 2016, with the former Lille man providing three assists and scoring one goal in his four games so far, the most recent of which a dazzling display against Hungary in the round of 16.
This form will leave some Chelsea fans wondering where the real Hazard was for much of the season. His apparent lack of desire was heavily criticised, and in Mourinho’s final match against Leicester City, the Portuguese manager was enraged by how content Hazard was to go off with an injury midway through the first-half.
The fact that his form has returned now, just as some of Europe’s biggest clubs will be sniffing around the top performers at Euro 2016, certainly raises questions. He has in the past given indications about joining the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, although nothing has come of it.
Mourinho himself said he had been betrayed by some of the players days before his sacking, and although he didn’t specifically mention Hazard, it seems likely he was one of the main offenders. His talent cannot be doubted, but the apparent lack of interest he shows at times is certainly a cause for concern.
As it stands, it is likely Hazard will still be a Chelsea player next season, although he may have to put in some excellent performances if he is to regain the fans’ trust.
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