Eden Hazard confused, irritated and angered most football fans with his transfer market theatrics. Commentators of the game disapproved of his petulance, often imposing higher benchmarks of success on the young Belgian. The writers on football had decided, no matter which club Hazard would sign with, expectations would be the highest. Any less than sublime performance would be met with disapproving words, and the purest performance would only be justifiable, given the transfer fee he commands. Then came Chelsea, with 32 million pouds or so. The failed back-heel in the FA Community Shield match against Chelsea gave the naysayers ample ammunition. In this context, his Premier League debut was watched by many with extreme caution, and others looked from the corner of the eye, waiting for the kid to show some weakness.
Initial signs prove them so wrong. Back-heels came off every single time, even the elegant turn that allowed him to thred a measured ball through to Ivanovic to open the scoring against Wigan. This other time, Hazard ran into the Wigan penalty box, riding one challenge and making a fool out of Ivan Ramis, only to be felled by the Spaniard. It was in a matter of six minutes that Hazard had helped Chelsea put two goals ahead in the match. Frayed nerves settled and commentators looked elsewhere for words, words of a different kind, words that coule describe his sublime skill and acute awareness of the game.
It is just the start and Hazard has a long way to justify his transfer fee. But on the back of his first foray into this league, it would not bother him. Hazard did not seem to be mindful of what got him at Chelsea. He simple revelled at the prospect of millions tuning their TV sets to watch him play. It was Wigan that bore the brunt of this young man's talent but given the maturity of his talent, other teams should worry. Luckily, Oscar gave enough indications to show that teams will have a lot of players to worry about. Hazard may escape defenders' attention once in a while, but he will remain forever in our eyes, watching a special talent fulfil his promise.750180