Chelsea: The Hazard Effect

A goal, an assist and another Man of the Match for Eden Hazard at the weekend and that still doesn’t cover quite what he brought to the game against Newcastle.

Fernando Torres says it’s a ‘privilege’ to have him in the side – it’s certainly a privilege to watch him anyway. In fact, it’s a privilege to watch Chelsea full-stop so far this season. Yes, I know it’s only 3 games in but it’s hard not to get a little bit carried away with some of the football we’ve seen.  He seems to have energized everyone around him and Torres definitely acknowledges the benefits of having him, saying “A player like him can make a difference.  It is a privilege for a striker to have a player like him or Juan (Mata), Oscar or Lamps (Frank Lampard) behind you.  It is difficult to start winning games when you change your style but we are doing it and we must be proud of that.

We are enjoying ourselves, we are having a really good start to the season and I think the fans are enjoying it too.  We are playing really good football for the moment, so let’s build on this momentum.”

Maybe I’m in danger of having unrealistic expectations of Hazard so soon – but the early signs are pretty bloody good aren’t they? Whilst plenty of players struggle to find their Premier League feet, Hazard looks as if it comes naturally to play alongside his Chelsea team-mates in the Premier League. From assisting with 2 goals inside the first 6 minutes of his Premier League debut, to his ability to shake off Wigan’s repeated Wimbledon-style assaults on him, he looks every inch the real deal.

From the pace, skill and accuracy we saw setting Ivanovic up against Wigan, to the team-play and sheer class of his back heel for Torres to finish off with a sublime strike, Eden Hazard is an absolute inspiration to watch – and Torres is right, it really is a privilege to have him.

10 Responses to “Chelsea: The Hazard Effect”

  1. Proper Geezer!

  2. Torres is Right Harzard is a Fantastic player, all chelsea fans happy having harzard in chelsea, good lock on friday.

  3. Hazard is my idol, he is so wonderfull keep it on boy

  4. Look how good torres and hazard are playing together :)
    It can only get better too! So glad he came to Chelsea instead of man utd/city. Good choice hazard!

  5. Lets not forget Oscar. He is just as talented as Hazard. We need to get Oscar, Hazard and Mata mixing it up!

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  7. Brilliant player.

    But the only thing that will put the icing on the cake is an out and out winger. Will drag midfield and defenders out, giving him more space.

  8. Call me a sourpuss, but we’ve actually had this type of optimism not too long ago, with semi-devastating effect when it crashed and burned.

    I’m not dissing on Hazard – he’s brilliant – but I’m just waiting for the other shoe to drop, and then the reaction from RA and the fans.

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