When you’re dubbed “The Belgian Messi,” it’s safe to say that trying to live up to that tremendous hype is pretty much an impossibility. But Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is certainly giving it a go over at Stamford Bridge.
All comparisons to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi aren’t really fair to Hazard nor to Messi himself, but still, media and fans apparently have a knee-jerk reaction to tag young and promising attacking midfielders with similar games and bearing the same physical characteristics to Messi.
Although, in the end, he hardly had a Messi-like season for the Blues, Hazard did start out like a house on fire and almost occluded fellow AMF Juan Mata for Chelsea, although the quiet Spaniard ended up being named the club’s Player of the Year for a second straight season.
And deservedly so.
It’s hard to really pick at Hazard’s overall game—kicking deserving ball boys aside—but here are a couple of areas I think he can try to improve on this coming season.