Eden Hazard: Assessing His Potential Impact for Chelsea in the Premier League

Greg ProbertContributor IIAugust 15, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12:  Eden Hazard of Chelsea in action during the FA Community Shield match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Villa Park on August 12, 2012 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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Football fans in England can be ruthless; one failed skill by Eden Hazard and he has already been labelled a flop by some fans.

There have been memes circling the Internet about Hazard being the next big flop after Torres, but anyone who takes any notice of this needs their head checked.

The Community Shield on Sunday was the first chance Chelsea fans got to see their new signing in a semi-competitive setting, and he didn't exactly light up the pitch.

But he was not the only weak performer that day, so to single out Hazard is just the work of those hoping he will fail.

Hazard is not a man that is short of confidence and is very aware of of his own ability, so I can't see these latest digs having much effect on him.

He will obviously require a settling down period, much like Ramires. But unlike his Brazilian teammate, I can see this happening relatively quickly.

Hazard is probably already aware of the more physical nature of the Premier League, which may come as a bit a shock to some players so he is going to need to adapt to this.

Due to his versatility and skill, Hazard will more than likely be a regular starter in the first XI...but what position would suit him best?

Chelsea will probably be starting the season setting up in the same way they did under Roberto Di Matteo towards the end of last season.

So if Hazard was to be a first team regular, he will be playing in one of the three positions behind Fernando Torres.

The big question has been whether this will be in the hole behind Torres or one of the wider positions on either wing.

Whatever position he does take up, I don't expect it to be rigid but instead will allow the three attacking midfielders to move in and around each other to create space and opportunities for killer passes.

Wherever Hazard plays, I would expect him to be a big danger to opposing defences, whether it's by cutting in from the wings and taking players on or providing the player in front of him with goalscoring opportunities.

He will not just be a threat by providing assists, judging by the power he has shown in some of his shots; I would be amazed if he didn't achieve a decent goal tally next season.

Overall, Chelsea fans and all Premier League fans should be excited at the prospect of such a talented young man playing in England, and if he lives up to expectations, he will be one to watch next season.