The Belgian winger has been hailed as one of the performers of the season so far, but his international coach still thinks he can improve his game.
Eden Hazard has been criticised by the coach of the Belgium national team for not scoring enough goals.
Marc Wilmots, who has coached Belgium since 2012, told Goal that in order to be considered one of the world’s best, the Belgian winger will have to improve his goals per game ratio.
“Hazard is rising higher and higher… but he has to score more goals. That goes for Chelsea and the national team.”
Hazard has been excellent this season, but the five goals he’s scored pale in comparison with the ridiculous numbers that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are racking up in Spain.
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The winger ended last season with 16 goals, and the season before that with 10, so his rate of scoring is undoubtedly improving in England. Additionally, Hazard’s club coach Jose Mourinho expects far more defensive from the winger than Ronaldo and Messi’s coaches do of them.
The Belgian boy-wonder’s main concern in terms of goals is the number of shots per game he takes. Despite playing in one of the league’s most dominant teams, he shoots only 1.4 times per game on average, putting him behind 69 players in the Premier League, according to football stats website WhoScored. This is not only far behind several defenders and players from sides who don’t attack nearly as much as Chelsea, but it a vast distance behind Messi and Ronaldo, who take an average of 4.3 and an incredible 6.8 shots-per-game respectively.