Last season the former Lille OSC winger finished the season with nine league goals and nine assists. It was an impressive first season for the talented Belgian. Under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, it looks like Hazard is ready to take his game to the next level, and it's a blueprint that he followed as he climbed the ranks at his former club.
Today, the three goals against Newcastle United takes his goal tally of the season to 11 and he becomes the youngest player to score a hat-trick for Chelsea in the Premier League era. It was the first hat-trick the 23-year-old has scored since he left France. In fact, it was in his very last game for Lille OSC that he notched his last triple, in the 4-1 win over Nancy, in front of the home fans.
There are lots of similarities between his last two seasons at Lille and his first two at Chelsea, a career path that looks like firing Hazard towards the next level of becoming a great player. When Lille won the title back in 2011, Hazard scored seven goals and chipped in with 10 assists. He wasn't the star of the team, but anyone that watched him play could see that he was to become something special.
In his last season, he took the team under his wings, and helping them qualify once again for the Champions League. Whenever Lille were in trouble, Hazard took it upon himself to stand up and take over the game, guiding Lille to victory after victory. He ended the season with 20 league goals and 16 assists. Without his excellent play, Lille would have definitely finished outside the top three. Now under Mourinho, Hazard has taken his game to another level and has begun controlling games in the Premier League.
With Hazard playing the best football of his career, it is very possible that he could be the X-Factor that helps Jose Mourinho win his third Premier League trophy.
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Is Hazard about to fire Chelsea to Premier League glory?