Eden Hazard may not have scored a goal or even played all 90 minutes for Chelsea on Sunday but the Belgium international still managed to achieve a special milestone in the 2-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage. The attacking midfielder, whose future remains a big doubt, joined a select club of Blues players when he set up midfielder Jorginho for the decisive goal.
With that assist for Jorginho’s rare goal which came in the 30th minute, Hazard became only the third player in the club’s history to score and assist 50 Premier League goals. It means the Belgian – who has also found the back of the net on 81 occasions for the Blues – has had a hand in 131 goals in the Premier League since he joined from Vincent Enyeama’s former French side LOSC Lille in 2012. The 28-year-old has already reached double figures for goals in a single season for the fifth time at Chelsea, needing only four more to equal his personal best of 16 goals in the league, which he achieved in the 2016-17 campaign.
Sunday’s feat means that Hazard joins a select club in Blues history, with Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba the only other men to have managed such an achievement with the club. Hazard has enjoyed a highly successful career since making the move to Stamford Bridge, with five major honours to his name, including two Premier League titles. He has also picked up winners’ medals for the FA Cup, the Carabao Cup (then known as the Capital One Cup) and the Europa League.
A firm favourite on the terraces, he was named Chelsea’s Player of the Year in three of the seasons since his arrival, as well as picking up the FWA Footballer of the Year in 2014-15. Hazard also currently sits 10th on the all-time list of goalscorers at the club, with George Hilsdon’s tally of 108 well within his sites. Chelsea’s victory over Fulham will have helped to ease the pressure on Maurizio Sarri in the hotseat following a generally uninspired start to 2019 that saw them slip to heavy defeats against Bournemouth and Manchester City. They also lost the Carabao Cup final on penalties to Pep Guardiola’s side in a game overshadowed by a controversy featuring Blues keeper Kepa, with an FA Cup exit to Manchester United also eliminating any hopes of domestic silverware this season.