The former Manchester United defender says the struggling Blues star must ‘take the hit’ and answer his critics if he wants to be regarded as a world beater
Gary Neville has questioned whether Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has the ‘killer’ instinct to join Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best players.
Hazard was named the PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year for his dazzling displays in 2014/15 and was expected to go from strength to strength this season.
But the Belgium international has been a shadow of his former self so far this term, failing to score in 16 appearances in all competitions as Chelsea’s hopes of retaining the Premier League title have crumbled after just 11 league matches, with the Blues languishing in 15th place.
And Neville, who has previously tipped Hazard for the very top, says he has developed reservations about the 24-year-old’s desire to emulate La Liga superstars Messi and Ronaldo.
“I mentioned three or four months ago that he would become one of the best players in the world,” Neville said on Sky Sports.
“The best players have dips but they still contribute to the team, scoring goals, setting up goals.
“You have to question his mentality. I think he is a good boy but is he a killer? Is he really selfish like Messi and Ronaldo?
“He has to answer those questions now because we eulogised over him all last season but when players like him dip like he has at the moment, he has to take the hit.”