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    The Cut Inside Man.

    The Cut Inside Man

    Eden Hazard is undoubtedly recapturing the form that made him one of the most sought after talents in 2012.

    The way he glides on the ball, as if the ball was glued to his boot, the way he skips past defenders as if they were cones.

     It is spectacular to watch this player back to his best and flourishing under a completely new system introduced by the Premier League’s new tactician Antonio Conte.

    Performing impressively for Losc Lille between the years of 2007-2012 top clubs were watching a young Belgian boy called Eden Hazard.

    In the 2008/2009 season, Eden Hazard became Losc Lille’s youngest ever goal; scorer with a superb long-range shot vs. AJ Auxerre.

    I remember seeing this goal all over social media and thinking ‘wow this boy could be decent’.

    With a playing style similar to both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Eden started getting comparisons and with that, interest.

    Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester United were reported to be interested in this exciting new talent.

    One of the hottest properties of French Football’s top flight, Losc Lille knew it would be a struggle to keep him.

    He was the player on Fifa Ultimate Team that every kid wanted, besides of course Ronaldo and Messi.

    In November 2008, Eden earned his first cap at senior level internationally and Belgium coach René Vandereycken stated Hazard had ‘a lot of talent’.

    The 2009/2010 campaign for Hazard was one that really made him stand out.

    He guided Lille to a fourth place finish and struck the first leg winner vs. Liverpool FC in the Europa League round of 16.

    This year he also won for the second time in a row Ligue 1’s young player of the year.

    In 2010/2011 Hazard was named the youngest ever Ligue 1 player of the year award.
    After many team of the year and player of the year nominations bids flooded in for the twisty turny winger.

    Manchester United and Chelsea were said to be in a bidding war with each other over the Belgian starlet.

    The saga went on the whole summer of 2012.  And boy was it a saga.

    Hazard in the press admitted to his agent speaking to Manchester City, Manchester United and also Chelsea FC.

    Hazard said in the press that his next move might be ‘Manchester’ yet refusing to say which team.

    After this statement no one knew whom Hazard was going to move to. It was a waiting and guessing game.

    Chelsea were heading for their worst Premier League finish since the Roman Abrhamovic takeover, but were doing well in the Champions League. 

    Chelsea got through to the final and beat Bayern Munich on Penalties.

    The papers suggested that Chelsea were still a firm contender for Eden Hazard.

    This was because they were the Champions of Europe and qualified for elite competition the next season.

    Eden Hazard confirmed his future and decision on twitter in the summer of 2012. He tweeted ‘I am signing for the Champions League winner’.

    Twitter imploded and Hazard got many trolls tweeting him, as they were frustrated fans that thought he was signing for their club.

    Hazard signed for Chelsea for a reported £40 million.

    His first season in the Premier League was an impressive one.

     In his first league match, Hazard provided two assists from two brilliant dribbles.

    In the 2014 World Cup in Brazil Hazard proved he could live up to expectations on the grand world stage being pivotal in Belgium’s wins.

    After struggling in the 2015/2016 under Mourinho for Chelsea, Hazard has been outstanding this season (2016/2017).

    Under Mourinho last season it was clear nothing was coming off for the Belgian and he was even dropped to the bench until Mournho’s sacking.

    Former Manchester United Defender Gary Neville now Sky Sports pundit was getting increasingly very frustrated with Hazard’s performances last year.

    Gary Neville stated on MNF that Hazard should be pushing that Messi and Ronaldo bracket as he has the ‘talent’ needed to threaten the world’s best players.

    This season, he has been a sight for Chelsea fans. Hazard has already provided 9 goals and 1 assist in 17 appearances.

    He has been threatening defenders to a point where he looks unstoppable under Antonio Conte’s 343 formation.

    Several of Hazards goals this season have came from his typical dribbling brilliance from the left hand side.

    Chelsea being a great, defensive team whilst having the weapons of Hazard, Willian and Costa at their disposal, they look unstoppable.

    Eden is rejuvenated and is ready to push Chelsea for the Premier League trophy.

    Arguably, the best winger in the league.

    Right backs, beware.

    Who can stop the Cut Inside Man?
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