By Tim Harrison
The best possible Christmas present for Chelsea fans would be Eden Hazard fishing out a biro and signing a new deal.
The mini maestro turns 28 on 7 January – a good moment to commit to five more years at Stamford Bridge.
But he hasn’t yet signed, despite saying he enjoys playing for the Blues. He already earns more than almost anyone at the club (only N'Golo Kante's recent boost elevates him above Hazard), so it can’t be about cash. It’s a conundrum.
The Belgian wizard weaved his magic once more at the Amex Stadium against Brighton, earning maximum points by scoring one and creating the other in a 2-1 victory.
It was a curious match, as the Seagulls gave Chelsea all the time in the world on the ball, allowing the Blues to play much of the game at a slow jog.
The home team were punchier in the second half, with one lightning attack producing a goal and threatening a comeback.
Leicester City’s scout at the seaside will have plenty to report back ahead of the Foxes’ visit to the Bridge this weekend.
Chelsea play Leicester, Watford, Palace and Saints over the festive; a tricky run of fixtures, but one that could have been a whole lot tougher.
Interestingly, Morrie Sarri picked the same starting Xl for Brighton as began against City... with no recognised centre forward. If it continues to work, why change?
Merry Christmas to all!
The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and unless specifically stated are not necessarily those of Hammersmith & Fulham Council.
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