Former Liverpool and Manchester City forward Craig Bellamy has claimed that Eden Hazard’s performance levels begin to drop once he spends too long under one manager.
The Belgium international is starring in the 2018-19 Premier League season as the playmaker has now managed five goals in five matches.
Hazard, who is having an excellent start at Stamford Bridge this season, was backed by new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri to win the Golden Boot this season.
But former Wales international and current Sky Sports pundit Bellamy has admitted that the Belgian’s performance levels drop down after several seasons under the same manager.
“Hazard won’t go all out this year, next year I’m not sure because we’re coming up to a European Championships,” Bellamy said on Sky Sports show The Debate.
“Usually when we come up to a World Cup or a Euros, he isn’t quite the same player – it’s like he saves himself and then goes hell for leather the next year.”
“I adore Hazard, I think he’s the best player with [Manchester City’s Kevin] De Bruyne in the Premier League but he picks and chooses [when he performs].”
“If I was Madrid or Barca, of course, I would want him but my concern is, why’s he gone missing for so long? “
“Everyone knows his talent. He’s one of the top, top players in the world but he has such a dip.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a dip performance-wise, it’s like once he’s had enough of you as a manager, ‘I’m not sure if I’m going to be going here or I’m not sure if I’m going to be turning it on’.”
“When a new manager comes in, he gives you a new lease of life, ‘Go play, do this, this and this’, say the right things and he’s up.”
The 27-year-old, who has been tipped to enjoy a stellar campaign in front of goal, has never scored over 20 in all competitions since joining the Blues in 2012 from Lille.