He scored the winning goal in the final minutes of the Euro 2016 qualifying match, but that hasn’t deterred Wilmots from publicly slamming the forward as the worst player on the pitch.
“He (Hazard) was the worst tonight,’ said Wilmots after the game, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.
“I thought about substituting him, but in the last 10 minutes he always has the ability to do that [score]. At the World Cup, this was the case.
Nonetheless, Wilmots is confident that Hazard will improve with time.
“I obviously expect more from him, but he will grow as the season progresses.”
The Belgium international was name the PFA Player of the Year after stunning the Premier League last season, with the 24-year-old’s performances key to the Blues’ cruising to the title.
However, his start to their title-defending campaign has been worrisome, with form and fitness having been questioned in Chelsea’s first four games.
Manchester City already boast an eight-point gap over the reigning English champions; Hazard and co must step up their efforts in west London quickly.