Newcastle and Blackburn legend Alan Shearer has recently come out and said that in his eyes, the only player who can be labelled world-class in the Premier League is Manchester City striker Sergio Agüero. Many would agree that he is correct is his assessment of the striker but to say he is the only ‘world-class player in England’ hasn’t gone down all that well. Some would say that fellow City team-mate Kevin De Bryune falls under that label whilst United fans may say the same about goalkeeper David De Gea. However, when it comes to producing sheer moments of brilliance on the football pitch, you can look no further than Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez. The question is, who’s better ?
Following Sanchez’s majestic hat-trick against West Ham on Saturday, and Hazard’s recent return to form, there has been an ongoing debate over who is the better player. Whilst the two both struggled last season, following brilliant campaigns back in the 2014/15 season, there is little doubting the fact that both would be in everyone’s first choice Premier League 11. The two have managed 19 league goals between them already this season and have proved pivotal in firing their respective teams to 1st (Chelsea) and 2nd (Arsenal) in the league.
Eden Hazard was the biggest flop of the season during the 2015/16 campaign following the dizzy heights he hit in the previous season but it seems at last he is back at his best. It remains to be seen whether he can maintain this form and perhaps power Chelsea to their 5th Premier League title but the early signs are promising. After already doubling his entire goals tally for last season, the Belgian has looked deadly at times putting in some fine individual performances. I doubt we will ever discover the reason behind his dramatic drop in form last year but Conte has got him back doing what he does best and he and Chelsea are certainly reeking the awards.
The story is similar at the Emirates for the Chilean beast Alexis Sanchez. After a stellar first season for the Gunners, he struggled to replicate that form consistently last year following a injury-hit campaign. However, like Hazard, he has looked back to his best this season. With 11 goals already this season, he sits joint top of the Premier League scoring charts and if his hat-trick against West Ham was anything to go by, he could well be there come the end of the season. Ever since Wenger’s decision to move Sanchez to the number 9 position, he has looked rejuvenated. He has been a menace for defences game after game and has been one if not the star performer of the season. The only concern for Arsenal fans is whether they can keep hold of him. Following question marks over his future, rumours have risen linking him with a switch to Conte’s Chelsea. It remains to be seen whether these rumours will become reality but the sooner the club gets him to sign a new deal, the better.
The two are certainly exceptional players and without them, both their respective sides would look short of individual talent. When it comes to picking between the two, a solution seems hard to come by. Both have attributes that they excel in and both have been integral to their teams recent success. It seems unfair to try to separate such great players so I will leave the decision, to you.