As Belgium crashed out of the World Cup, much of the blame was squared on the shoulders of Eden Hazard. Indeed the midfielder’s performance against Argentina, and his displays throughout the tournament in general, have not exactly set the world alight.
There was the odd moment of brilliance from the 23 year-old, but in the main, his performances have not been good enough for a player of his ability.
After such an underwhelming tournament many may question whether Eden Hazard is ready, and is capable, of becoming one of the very finest footballers on the planet. The simple answer is that his ability is such that it is probably inevitable.
Apart from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo – two players dissimilar to Hazard anyway – there is no attacking midfielder in world football who can rival Hazard’s ability. He is an exceptionally gifted player. Frank Lampard has on many occasions lauded praise onto Hazard and predicted that he will become one of the best in the world. He has an ease on the ball which is almost unparalleled in world football today.
As is the case with Chelsea’s other Belgian, Romelu Lukaku, Hazard is still a young player, and fans and pundits alike should not forget this. One fairly poor tournament does not mean that he does not have what it takes to become one of the best players in the world. His game is still developing, but in two or three years, when he should probably be playing at his peak, he is sure to be an unstoppable force.
In June, Eden Hazard insisted that he would be playing his football at Stamford Bridge in the season coming. This will probably be the best piece of news for Chelsea fans throughout the summer. He is likely to improve in the season coming, and this in itself could be the key contributing factor in Chelsea’s season, regardless of the signings of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa. Let’s just hope he remains at the Bridge for the years to come.