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Paul Lagan, Chelsea correspondent
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Chelsea correspondent Paul Lagan spent 90 minutes watching the Blues’ big money signing
Much is expected this season from Belgium star Eden Hazard.
The former Lille midfielder, 21 was a £32m summer signing for the Blues.
With a running style that mirrors former Blues hero Joe Cole, Hazard lined up on the left side against Brighton.
Here is his contribution:
Two minutes; A nice touch back to left-back Ashley Cole.
Four; Bundled over after holding onto the ball too long.
Six; He attempts a classic one-two with Michael Essien - however he lacked the pace to get to Essien’s return pass.
23; He forced a free-kick to aid his team-mates after they were put under pressure by Brighton.
29; Along with Cole he produced an offensive excellent play on the left.
34; Dispossessed by Bruno on midfield and thiswas his last contribution of the half.
56; He is moved to the right, he produces a simple pass to Mikel.
74; He tries a trademark long run on the right wing, easily tackled.
76; A tasty back heel to Essien to continue a quick counter-attack
85; First effort on goal, a long-range effort which sails over the Brighton crossbar
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo said of Hazard’s contribution: “I played Hazard on the left, I was looking for him to be incisive.
“But we have to be patient with him and go e him tome to adapt to the English league style of play.”