Opinion: 3 things Eden Hazard does better than any other player in the Premier League
When I think of the best player in the Premier League, Eden Hazard is one of the players that come to mind. Sergio Aguero, David Silva, David De Gea, Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Mesut Ozil are all brilliant in their own right, but the Belgian on his day is the best, in my opinion.
The Chelsea star was the player of the year in the 2014/15 season when he led Chelsea to the Premier League under Jose Mourinho. He went on to win the Premier League again in 2016/17 under Antonio Conte. He has also won the FA Cup, Capital One Cup, and the Europa League. The only trophy that he has not won with Chelsea is the UEFA Champions League with the 2014 semifinals being his best result with the Blues in the tournament.
While his future is still uncertain, it would be a shame for the Premier League if he leaves for Real Madrid.
There a few things that make Hazard fantastic. Dribbling is too general a term and so I try to further dissect them so that I can pinpoint 3 special reasons for Hazard's greatness.
1. Shielding the ball
Dribbling is often considered as the art of taking players on and beating them with your skill and pace. Players like Lionel Messi, Neymar or Cristiano Ronaldo in his best days are masters of dribbling. While Hazard is blessed with blistering pace, he is also the best in the Premier League when it comes to shielding the ball.
He almost always puts his body between the ball and the defender. This leaves the defender in the situation where he has no option but to tackle. That is also the reason why Hazard is almost always on the top of the list for most fouled players in the Premier League.
Many dribblers are great at changing pace but in tight spaces, they often lose the ball. Hazard is able to wriggle out from them or draw a foul due to his intelligence as well as his innate ability.
The video below is one example of how Hazard always puts himself between the opposition player and the ball. He eventually goes on to draw the foul.