Eden Hazard named best Premier League player of the season so far

Writing for Football 365, Ian Watson singles out the men who have impressed the most after 7 Prem games.
10. Aaron Wan-Bissaka

9. James Maddison

8. Bernardo Silva

7. Joao Moutinho

6. Ryan Fraser

5. James Milner

4. Roberto Pereyra

3. Aleksandar Mitrovic

2. Virgil van Dijk

1. Eden Hazard

“While the summer’s headlines were being grabbed by Liverpool spending big and United’s CEO Ed Woodward refusing to spend at all on a centre-back, the most astute piece of transfer activity went somewhat under the radar.

“By persuading Hazard to stay and work with Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea went from top four challengers to title contenders. The new manager’s methods have had a quicker impact than perhaps even he expected, but Hazard’s presence provides Sarri’s side with the X-factor required to challenge for all the trophies Chelsea can possibly win this term.”


“It seems most likely that Chelsea have taken the same approach as Sir Alex Ferguson used with Cristiano Ronaldo. ‘Give us one more year,’ was presumably the Blues’ response to the Belgium star telling the club he wanted to move to Spain upon returning from the World Cup. It is proving a mutually beneficial arrangement.

“With six goals and a couple of assists already, Chelsea are reaping the profits from Hazard going all out to prove that he deserves similar plaudits to Ronaldo and co all the while making himself more attractive to Real and Barca by running down another year on his contract. Chelsea will miss him when he’s gone and so will we.”