Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard returned to scoring form last weekend against Brighton and increased his tally to 8 goals in the Premier League.
The Belgian has been deployed as a false 9 in the last two games and the decision has paid off significantly.
Regardless, questions on if he can meet the 40-goal target have continued to come up, and one of his teammates, Antonio Rudiger has voiced his opinion on the issue.
Antonio Rudiger does not believe that Eden Hazard has the singlemindedness to hit Maurizio Sarri’s target of 40 goals for him, especially in a very competitive Premier League.
Rudiger said: “He is a leader. He provides a good example, not by speaking but by showing. He gets kicked often, because he is good”.
“With respect to the others, I think in the Premier League they are not stupid players, so to reach 40 goals? Maybe he can do it.
“But what he does is OK. We need to respect the other teams, it’s not like they are bad or something.
“He does not have too much of an ego. If he sees other players standing in a better position, he plays them in.”
Regardless, Eden Hazard has not shown himself to be much of a goalscorer since he joined Chelsea from Lille. Therefore, Sarri’s target for the Belgian, I daresay, is unrealistic at best.
Hazard’s best goal return in a single season since he started his senior career was at Lille in the Ligue 1 when he scored 22 goals in all competitions. He moved to Chelsea the following season.
Meanwhile, his best goal tally for Chelsea in a single season is 19 goals during Jose Mourinho’s time at Chelsea in the 2014/15 season.
There’s hope he could surpass that this season based on how he has started. However, it remains to be seen if he’s up for it.