Eden Hazard is 25/1 to be Premier League top scorer and this could be a goal-filled season for the Chelsea wizard
The Premier League top scorer market is typically fascinating this season. Some will simply declare that Sergio Aguero is “buying money” at 3/1 while others are getting excited about Wayne Rooney’s central striking role at Manchester United.
However, we’re taking a punt on Eden Hazard at a superb 25/1 with BetVictor and here is a compelling case for backing the Belgian dynamo to fill his proverbial boots over the next nine months.
1) Time for Hazard to add more goals to his brilliant game
For the first three seasons in a Manchester United shirt, Cristiano Ronaldo managed 4 in 29, 5 in 33 and then 9 in 33. Little sign that the Portuguese would then slam home 17 in 34 and 31 in 34 games.
A similar thing happened with Gareth Bale during the 2012-13 season when the Tottenham forward managed 21 in 33 games. Hazard has the right sort of qualities to go on a similar trajectory.
In the past two seasons, Eden has managed 14 Premier League goals each time so he has a solid foundation on which to build.
2) Hazard makes teams pay the penalty
The 24-year-old is Chelsea’s first-choice penalty taker. Unless the team are winning 4-0 and Diego Costa is on a hat-trick, you can bet that Hazard will be stepping up and sending the keeper the wrong way before the ball has even been despatched.
Being on spot kicks will give Eden four or five more goals than team-mate Costa and it is often the Belgian who earns penalties due to his amazing skill.
3) He never gets injured
Since arriving at Stamford Bridge, Hazard has missed just seven matches over three seasons. He featured in every match last term and, when we’re having a top scorer bet, it’s always nice if the player is on the pitch for every single match.
Hazard will operate as part of an attacking trident behind a central striker, with Mourinho doubtless encouraging him to rove forward more and take the chances that come his way.
4) A change in mentality
It was only a friendly game but Hazard’s special goal against Barcelona illustrated that Chelsea are encouraging the player to not always look for the assist when he can score the goal himself.
The winger’s jinking runs often lead to goals but not always from his own boot. The individual skill and finish against Barca could be a taste of what’s about to come next season.
5) Premier League top scorer always comes from a top four club
It nearly always happens. Aguero and Costa are the obvious picks and Rooney has been well-backed in the past few weeks. But Hazard will be operating for the best team in the land and looking to fill his boots if he really wants to announce himself as one of the world’s best.
The player has been drawing comparisons with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo from his manager although a 20+ Premier League goal season will be the only way to enjoy Ballon d’Or consideration.