Crystal Palace prodigy Aaron Wan-Bissaka has named Chelsea winger Eden Hazard as his toughest opponent so far in his professional career.
The rise of Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been quite something. He made his senior debut for Palace a year ago amidst an injury crisis in defence – and hasn’t looked back. He is now a cornerstone in Roy Hodgson’s back-line and statistically the best 1-on-1 full-back in the Premier League. All this while just 21-years-old – remarkable!
Wan-Bissaka will be picked up by one of the big six over the new few years, there’s no doubt about it. Gareth Southgate will also find his superb performances too difficult to ignore and bring him into the senior England setup. This is all testament to how good he is, but there’s one player who he really struggled to deal with.
During an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Wan-Bissaka named Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard as the most difficult player he has faced during his career so far:
“He [Hazard] was the toughest. He’s just busy. I’m not saying I can’t read him, but he does so much on the ball, and off it too. He doesn’t just get it and pass it on. He always does something: maybe not directly against me, but something that affects me somehow, dragging me out of position, freeing someone else up to run at me. He’s so clever, one of the best. At the same time, those are the situations you learn most from.”
Wan-Bissaka isn’t the first player to struggle to cope with Hazard’s brilliance, and he certainly won’t be the last. If we are unable to integrate Reece James into the first-team setup over the next few years, maybe we can unite the two at Stamford Bridge – if Eden doesn’t leave himself, of course.