Last year, the consensus best player in the Premier League was Liverpool forward Luis Suarez, whose contributions to Brendan Rodgers' side look even more important now that he's left Anfield. This year, that honour is up for grabs, and Eden Hazard is as good a shout as any to claim the title. If you're a full back who's come up against him so far this season, chances are that you're in his corner.
Here's what Swansea's Neil Taylor has to say:
Hazard has developed under Jose Mourinho. He’s the best player in the Premier League by a mile, I’d say. Mourinho has done that — he’s on a player if they don’t perform. Hazard is doing it week in, week out. He’s a ball carrier, he can take Chelsea from the edge of their box to the opposition area and go past you like a ghost. He can go outside or inside, shoot, or make you foul him.
Granted, Taylor was talking up the Belgian in order to praise international teammate Gareth Bale by comparison (he's fairly good too, I hear), but that's still high praise from an opposition player. Those interested in fantasy football will be disappointed by Hazard's lack of goals, but the work he does in moving defences around and forcing them into unfavourable positions is unparalleled, and his fellow professionals know it.
Eden 'Ghost' Hazard. I kind of like the sound of that.