Monday 16 September 2019

Hazard is league's perfect 10

Chelsea's Eden Hazard. Photo: PA
Chelsea's Eden Hazard. Photo: PA

The Premier League is currently awash with quality 'number 10s'.

Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Mesut Ozil and Philippe Coutinho have caught the eye at different periods.

But the finest of all in the Premier League has gone under the radar of late, and as a Liverpool supporter going into this weekend's fixtures that worries me.

Eden Hazard remains the best number 10 in England, and having missed the start of the season with injury he has been finding form of late - outstanding in Chelsea's recent victories.

Hazard demonstrated his class when Chelsea defeated Manchester United recently, but there has been little acclaim for his re-emergence.

Both he and Chelsea are improving. With the Belgian at his best Antonio Conte's side are capable of going on the kind of run that made them title winners last season.

Kevin De Bryune has been the best attacking player in the league this season, playing a slightly different attacking midfield role. But of the number 10s, Hazard sets the standard for others to follow.

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