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Hiddink “breaking his head” trying to help Hazard out of “dark” place


during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between FC Dynamo Kyiv and Chelsea at the Olympic Stadium on October 20, 2015 in Kiev, Ukraine.

Clive Rose

One of of the biggest mysteries of the 2015-16 Premier League season has been the form of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.

After leading the Blues to the title last season while being named Premier League Player of the Year, Hazard has struggled with injuries this year while failing to make any type of impact on the pitch.

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When Jose Mourinho was sacked in December, many believed Hazard’s form would pick up and he would return to his top level. However, that is yet to happen as even Guus Hiddink is unsure of what has gone wrong.

I told him now he must start performing. It’s difficult when one has been player of the year and then has this fall. Some of it is due to injuries, and not in top form, it must be alarming for a player.

It was breaking my head too; what can I do to help him get back on track? He fell too much into injuries and difficulties to come back and get out of there.

Last year everything was beautiful and this year everything is, for him, dark. The contrast is huge. He was the number one and now he’s at the end of a long row of players. That’s difficult. What do you do?

Hazard scored 14 goals and nine assists in the league last season as the Belgian’s name started to be mentioned with the top players in the world. However, Hazard has followed up that stellar campaign with an abysmal season, still without a goal and only three assists in the Premier League.

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The 25-year-old has not played in more than a month while recovering from lingering hip and groin issues. While Chelsea has nothing to play for down the final stretch, Hazard must get fit and earn some minutes ahead of EURO 2016. As one of Belgium’s top talents, Hazard can’t afford to put in a poor showing for his country this summer