The Blues star’s new role is bringing goals and wins back to Stamford Bridge as his new boss pushes him even further forward than Diego Costa!
You can forget everything you thought you knew about Eden Hazard’s best position as Antonio Conte has transformed him into a striker since moving to a 3-4-3 formation.
The 25-year-old was the man of the match against Southampton, where he opened the scoring, and Opta data shows that his average position was further forward than his team-mate Diego Costa.
In fact, since Chelsea first started a match with the 3-4-3 formation against Hull City, Hazard has played further forward than Costa in all but one game (against Manchester United) during the month of October.
Chelsea have won every game in the league while using Conte’s new system and have kept four successive clean sheets, but they lost 2-1 in the EFL Cup to West Ham after resting the likes of Hazard, Costa and Victor Moses.
Hazard is now being utilised as a striker and has scored in three successive league games for the first time in his Chelsea career – while he has already scored more Premier League goals than he did in the whole of last season.
Meanwhile, Costa remains the Premier League’s top goalscorer with eight goals, but the Belgian attacking midfielder-cum-striker lies in joint-fifth place with his five goals so far this season.