The Rise and Fall of Eden Hazard: Odds & Stats Prove How Far the Blues Star Has FallenPublished April 14, 2016
Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has suffered quite the fall from grace, winning the PFA Player of the Year last season and ultimately flattering to deceive in the 2015/16 Premier League campaign.
Many would claim that the Belgian international’s struggles have been mirrored by Chelsea’s disappointing season, with the fleet-footed winger failing to score in any of his 21 Premier League appearances this season.
A staggering stat for a player that amassed an impressive 20 goals and 13 assists for club and country last season.
The Blues winger, who has frequently been linked with a summer move to La Liga giants Real Madrid started the season as the odds on favorite to with the gong once more, with the bookies pricing a second consecutive win at 4/1.
Reports in Spain say that Eden Hazard has agreed a move to Real Madrid, after his performances impressed their chief scout, Stevie Wonder.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) April 12, 2016
But it didn’t take the bookmakers long to realise that history wasn’t about to repeat itself, as the odds were drastically altered to 100/1 in an enhanced pricing deal promoted by the Telegraph on the December 22nd 2015 .
Twelve months on from Hazard’s famous PFA Player of the Year award, we look at how his form this season has seen him totally slip out of the running this time round.
This year’s PFA nominees have already been announced and it won’t be easy to pick a winner. Dimitri Payet, Mesut Ozil, Harry Kane and Leicester City trio N’Golo Kante, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have all been hugely influential for their respective clubs this season, with the six nominees all vying for the illustrious prize.
However it was never up for debate last season, with players and pundits alike all agreeing on the Belgian for the award.
A season disrupted by injuries, a lack of fitness and an obvious dip in form – as well as some controversial comments about his Chelsea future in the press – have seen Hazard’s stock considerably decrease, with some Chelsea fans calling for the club to sell up.
Moreover, the stats don’t lie as the former Lille winger’s WhoScored.com rating drastically dipped to a lowly 6.86 from 7.96 last season, placing the Belgian international in-between Eliaquim Mangala and Conner Wickham in 141st position on WhoScored’s Premier League player rankings.
Whoever does win the PFA prize should enter next season with an air of caution, as Hazard’s dip in form should serve as a warning that, despite praise and individual accolades, players cannot afford to let their standards drop.