Jose Mourinho called Eden Hazard the best young player in the world this week, and Hazard backed up that talk and them some. Hazard netted a hat trick in Chelsea’s 3-0 demolition of Newcastle United, and he was the dominant force for the entire game. Hazard created numerous goal scoring opportunities, and his first two goals were the product of perfect give and gos. He finished the hat trick with an expertly placed penalty shot in the 63rd minute.
The win moves Chelsea to the top of the Premier League table following Arsenal’s loss and Manchester City’s draw today. The three clubs will have a close battle throughout the remainder of the season for the league title, and Chelsea have to be thrilled with their current position. As much as Mourinho tries to sell his club as an underdog, Chelsea have the talent to win every game they play, and they are rounding in to peak form at the perfect time.
One of the biggest reasons that Chelsea is in this position is the emergence of Hazard. He has been outstanding all season, leading the Blues in both goals and assists. However, his star has grown even more this week, as he was the driving force behind Chelsea’s huge win over Manchester City on Monday prior to today’s hat trick. Hazard plays in the same left sided role for Mourinho that Cristiano Ronaldo did at Real Madrid, and he is flourishing in that position.
Hazard has an incredibly deft touch when dribbling and passing, allowing him to pull all the strings from the midfield. He has the vision to see plays that others can’t and the talent to pull them off, a combination that is a signature of the world’s elite. Hazard has become Chelsea’s best player, and his play is giving Chelsea a great chance to win the Premier League. Mourinho has given him the title of the best young player in the world, but if Hazard continues to improve at this pace he will find himself in the conversation as the simply one of the world’s best players.