Tottenham’s Dejan Kulusevski names Chelsea legend Eden Hazard as Premier League’s best-ever winger
Tottenham Hotspur superstar Dejan Kulusevski has named Chelsea legend Eden Hazard as the best winger in the history of the Premier League.
The Belgian superstar played over 350 games at Chelsea during his seven-year stint in west London, terrorising Spurs among other teams. Tottenham fans won’t have a fond memory of Hazard.
And that isn’t only because of him being a Chelsea player during those years. But perhaps for that goal he scored against us to hand Leicester City the title in the 2015-16 season. We were always going to lose the title even if we won that game, to be fair.
But the reaction, and the sinking feeling, and the fact that it was Chelsea’s Hazard who scored that goal made it a traumatic memory for fans. And that is why what Kulusevski has recently said about the former Real Madrid superstar may not sit well with a lot of Spurs fans.
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“At first, I have to say Eden Hazard. He has been my favourite player since I was young. He made me happy, he made everyone happy by watching him play because he was just a joy, freedom, just like a child playing football with his dribbling, scoring, assisting and having fun because that’s what football is about.
“I watched him a lot so some movements, some turns with the ball, I try to copy him a lot. Even though I’m much taller and it’s more difficult, there are some traits I would take from him.”
Deki named Gareth Bale at five, Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs in fourth, Mohamed Salah in third, and Cristiano Ronaldo at second. To be fair, Bale was as good as Hazard, if not better, in the eyes of many fans.
The Belgian just won trophies to make his spell more memorable and spent more of his prime years in England before leaving for Real Madrid in 2019. But that being said, like Bale, Hazard had excellent dribbling and playmaking skills and knew how to strike a football with venom as well as precision.
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He wasn’t as quick as Bale but he accelerated very, very quickly and the ball seemed to stick to his feet. Spurs fans won’t like him because he was a Blue. But if we put the biases aside, we have to admit that he was a menace when fit and at his peak.