Eden Hazard Endured Another Poor Night In The Madrid Derby
Eden Hazard is yet to get going in a Real Madrid shirt and once again the Belgian came under criticism after a below par performance against Atletico Madrid.
It felt like a transfer that had been a career in the making when Hazard moved to the Bernabeu this summer, in a deal worth up to €146.1 million, but so far the move isn't going according to plan.
The former Chelsea forward came under fire after Real's recent Champions League loss to PSG and things didn't improve during Saturday night's Madrid Derby.
AS called it a 'bad day at the office for the Belgian,' whilst MARCA went further in their criticism, saying, "He's lacking pace, form and is still being afforded excuses. A player who cost 100 million euros needs to do more or, at the very least, something. He never showed up at the Wanda Metropolitano."
And fans took to Twitter to dig the boot in more.
Eden Hazard will tear La Liga apart. They said. pic.twitter.com/IRuCko9mB5- Ugo Ikejiuwa (@deezyie) September 29, 2019
Prem is the hardest league in the world. Hazard would be hitting 30 every season in La liga. pic.twitter.com/kjP2K3VS1Z- RAM (@MeticulousViews) September 29, 2019
Eden Hazard Real Madrid Highlights (2019/2020 season) pic.twitter.com/IaeQcEd04c- octave :tophat: (@AlcanTaRace6) September 29, 2019
Hazard trying to fill CR7 shoes :joy:- Musical Critic (@MusicalCritic) September 29, 2019
Thomas Partey beast pic.twitter.com/ITOFqRTlY1
Am sorry for saying Eden Hazard was better than Neymar Jr. I was just looking for likes and retweets.- AMWINE HONEST (@honeamwine) September 29, 2019
Hazard really pent 5 years randomly mentioning Madrid in every interview just to drop consistent 4/10's pic.twitter.com/wJ0XuvWS0H- Keyser Soze (@Hustler_Futbol) September 28, 2019
The Hazard Madrid thought they bought vs the one they actually got. pic.twitter.com/7JdacfKVOh- Azeez Olajide ❼ (@zeezish___) September 28, 2019
Hazard has been painful to watch tonight. Atrocious performance so far.- Lucas Navarrete (@LucasNavarreteM) September 28, 2019
Hazard is out of shape. You can tell he can't burst with pace right now. Looks really clunky and uncomfortable running at players. Disappointing start to his Madrid career thus far.- EiF (@EiFSoccer) September 28, 2019
Real did manage to have 14 shots against Diego Simeone's side but only three were on target and after four appearances for his new side Hazard is yet to produce an assist or score a goal.
He was brought off in 77th minute for James Rodriguez and so far this season the former Lille player has been outplayed by both Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale in the front line for Zinedine Zidane's team.
The game was Real's third draw this season but leaves Los Blancos top of La Liga, one point clear of Atleti and Granada and two clear of Barcelona.
If they're to remain top they may need Hazard to start producing the kind of form everyone was expecting, they aren't a patient lot.