Chelsea’s interim manager Guus Hiddink has admitted that he has never seen a player of Eden Hazard’s quality deteriorate in form as the former Footballer of the Year has done. Hazard has leapt from a top player to one who needs to rescue his career in less than a year.
Indeed, the Eden Hazard that Chelsea fans saw in the 2014-2015 season is quite different from the one that they have seen in this season. Last season, he scored 19 goals, helping Chelsea win the Capital 1 cup and the EPL title.
He was voted the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year and his manager then, Jose Mourinho actually compared him to the likes of Ronaldo and Messi.
Things have changed swiftly in the current campaign, with the 25 year-old Belgium midfielder scoring only two goals and making hardly any substantial contribution to the team’s performance. Misfortunes have not come singly to him, as injuries have continued to fuel his meltdown and Chelsea has continued to sink deeper.
It is this predicament that is worrying Chelsea’s outgoing manager. Though he knows that it is very possible for Eden Hazard to regain his form, he admits that it may never be so easy.
Even before Hazard asks for his advice, Guus Hiddink advices him have to forget about the past and future and play in the present if he envisions regaining his free scoring form. If he has plans of quitting Chelsea, he has to show what he can do before he leaves, as Chelsea will be trying to avoid a repeat of Kelvin De Bruyne transfer.